Today in 1841 Emperor Pedro II of Brazil is crowned .
18 July 1666: Samuel Pepys has to wait 6 days for a 7am (!) sitting with Peter Lely, #London
's most fashionable portraitist #otd
Today in AD 64 the Great Fire of Rome causes widespread devastation and rages on for six days, destroying half of the city.
Today in 1806 a gunpowder magazine explosion in Birgu, Malta, kills around 200 people.
Today in 1925 Adolf Hitler publishes Mein Kampf.
Today in 1966 Gemini 10 is launched from Cape Kennedy on a 70-hour mission that includes docking with an orbiting Agena target vehicle.
in 1940, FDR was nominated for unprecedented 3rd term. Eleanor addressed the convention. fdrlibrary.wordpress.com/tag/third-term/
in 1947, President Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act. senate.gov/artandhistory/…
Today in 1969 U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy crashes his car at Chappaquiddick Island, Mass., killing his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Today in 1976 Nadia Comăneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the Summer Olympics.
Today in 1984 James Oliver Huberty opens fire in McDonald's in San Ysidro, Ca., killing 21 people & injuring 19 others b4 being shot dead
Today in 1992 a picture is taken of Les Horribles Cernettes becomes the first ever photo posted to the World Wide Web.
Today in 1999 after a long illness, acclaimed actor Donal McCann dies in Dublin
Today in 1970 having been in prison for unlawful assembly and breach of peace, the "anti-popery" Rev. Ian Paisley is elected to Westminster
Today in 1874 Cathal Brugha (Charles Burgess) an anti-Treaty nationalist,is born in Dublin
Today in 1870 Michael Davitt is sentenced to 15 years' penal servitude for gun-running
Today in 1822 the Theatre Royal in Dublin opens its doors to the public for the first time
Today in 1794 Feargus O'Connor, a leader of the Chartist movement, is born in Connorville, Co. Cork
Today in 1689 the Mountjoy ship breaks the blockading boom and ends the Siege of Derry after 238 days
Today in 1579 James Fitzmaurice Fitzgerald lands forces in Dingle to encourage an uprising against England, with aid from the pope
Today in 1717 King George I sails down the River Thames with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel's Water Music premieres.
Today in 1402 Zhu Di, better known by his era name as the Yongle Emperor, assumes the throne over the Ming dynasty of China.
Today in 1935 George William Russell, (AE) Irish poet and painter dies in Bournemouth
Today in 1967 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane dies at age 40. youtube.com/watch?v=XpZHUV…
Today in 1821 Spain cedes Florida to the United States