Today in History – The Boston Globe

In 1512, Michelangelo’s barely completed paintings on the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel were publicly unveiled by the artist’s patron, Pope Julius II.

In 1604, William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello” premiered at Whitehall Palace in London.

In 1765, the Stamp Act, passed by the British Parliament, came into force, arousing strong resistance on the part of American settlers.

In 1861, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Major General George B. McClellan General-in-Chief of the Union Armies, succeeding Lieutenant General Winfield Scott.

In 1870, the United States Weather Bureau made its first weather observations.

In 1936, in a speech given in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described his country’s alliance with Nazi Germany as a common “axis” between Rome and Berlin.

In 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to force their way into Blair House in Washington, DC, in a failed attempt to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. (One of the two was killed, along with a White House police officer.)

In 1952, the United States detonated the first hydrogen bomb, codenamed “Ivy Mike”, on Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

In 1989, East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia, prompting tens of thousands of refugees to flee west.

In 1991, Clarence Thomas took his place as the new Supreme Court justice.

In 1995, the Bosnia peace talks opened in Dayton, Ohio, with leaders from Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in attendance.

In 2007, less than a week after workers ratified a new contract, Chrysler announced 12,000 job cuts, or about 15% of its workforce.

In 2012, Israel, lifting a nearly 25-year veil of secrecy, admitted killing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s deputy in a 1988 raid in Tunisia. (Khalil al-Wazir, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Jihad, founded Fatah, the dominant faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization.)

In 2017, federal prosecutors brought terrorism charges against the man accused of vandalizing a truck in Manhattan a day earlier that left eight people dead; Prosecutors said Sayfullo Saipov asked to display the Islamic State group’s flag in the hospital room where he was recovering from police gunfire. President Donald Trump has tweeted that the truck attack suspect should be sentenced to death. Inviting celebrations in a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Astros won their first World Series championship, beating the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 in Los Angeles.

Last year, the global death toll from COVID-19 topped 5 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 9,000 New York City municipal workers have been placed on unpaid leave for refusing to comply with a new COVID-19 vaccination mandate, and thousands of city firefighters have gone on leave. declared ill in apparent protest against the requirement. Real estate scion Robert Durst has been charged with murder in the disappearance of his first wife nearly four decades earlier; he was already serving a life sentence for killing a confidant who helped cover up this murder. (Durst died in January 2022.) At a UN summit in Scotland, President Joe Biden apologized for former President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Paris climate change accord and for the role that the United States and other rich countries have played in contributing to climate change. change.

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