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Subject: Today In History Dec 1
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 09:16:17 EST


Dec 1,1135 Henry I Beauclerc king of England (1st king that could read),
dies
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Dec 1,1374 Magnus Eriksson king of Norway/Sweden, dies
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Dec 1,1641 Massachusetts becomes 1st colony to give statutory recognition to
slavery
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Dec 1,1653 An athlete from Croydon is reported to have run 20 miles from St
Albans to London in less than 90 minutes
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Dec 1,1804 Emperor Napoleon marries Jos├ęphine of Martinique
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Dec 1,1824 House of Representatives begins to end election deadlock between
John Quincy Adams , Andrew Jackson, William Harris Crawford & Henry Clay -
Adams eventually declared president
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Dec 1,1831 Erie Canal closes for entire month due to cold weather
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Dec 1 Iceland : Independence Day
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Dec 1,1145 Pope Eugene III sent a papal bull to the French King, Louis VII,
proclaiming the Second Crusade. Led by Louis and Emperor Conrad III from
1147-49, the crusade failed to accomplish its goal.
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Dec 1,1764 The French government abolished the Jesuit order in that country.
(The Society of Jesus was completely suppressed by Clement XIV in 1767, but
was restored again by Pius VII in 1814.)
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Dec 1, 1743 Happy Birthday Martin Klaproth
Chemist, German, b. Wernigerode, Brandenburg; d. Berlin; German chemist who
discovered uranium (1789), zirconium (1789), and cerium (1803). He described
them as distinct elements, though he did not obtain them in the pure metallic
state.
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