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|1521||Hernan Cortes captures the city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico, and sets it on fire.|
|1630||Emperor Ferdinand II dismisses Albert Eusebius von Wallenstein, his most capable general.|
|1680||War starts when the Spanish are expelled from Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Indians under Chief Pope.|
|1704||The Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Austria defeat the French Army at the Battle of Blenheim.|
|1787||The Ottoman Empire declares war on Russia.|
|1862||Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats a Union army under Thomas Crittenden at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.|
|1881||The first African-American nursing school opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.|
|1889||The first coin-operated telephone is patented by William Gray.|
|1892||The first issue of the Afro American newspaper is published in Baltimore, Maryland.|
|1898||Manila, the capital of the Philippines, falls to the U.S. Army.|
|1910||British nurse Florence Nightingale, famous for her care of British soldiers during the Crimean War, dies.|
|1932||Adolf Hitler refuses to serve as Franz Von Papen’s vice chancellor.|
|1948||During the Berlin Airlift, the weather over Berlin becomes so stormy that American planes have their most difficult day landing supplies. They deem it ‘Black Friday.’|
|1961||Construction begins on the Berlin Wall during the night.|
|1963||A 17 year-old Buddhist monk burns himself to death in Saigon, South Vietnam.|
|1978||A bomb attack in Beirut during the Second Lebanese Civil War kills more than 150 people.|
|1989||The wreckage of a plane that carried U.S. congressman Mickey Leland and others on a humanitarian mission is found on a mountain side in Ethiopia; there are no survivors.|
|1993||The US Court of Appeals rules Congress must save all emails.|
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Natika Halil, chief executive of sexual health charity the Family Planning Association, told The Sun Online: “There’s no evidence to suggest that this product is safe or effective, and it could potentially be very painful.
“As the company themselves say, it isn’t approved to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections — so if you want to avoid either of those, we’d recommend avoiding this product as well.
“It’s quite concerning that the company implies that sex without condoms isn’t ‘real sex,’ as condoms are the only form of contraception that can help prevent sexually transmitted infections.”
5. WWI SOLDIERS // NORTHERN ITALYRead about artifacts, frozen bodies, geologic formations, and even pathogens unearthed by melting glaciers at Mental Floss.
As the highest settlement of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the small village of Peio in modern-day northern Italy was dragged into the conflict of World War I in 1915. Here, at altitudes over 6500 feet, intrepid soldiers fought in what became known as the White War. Due to the inhospitable conditions and the freezing weather, specialist mountain soldiers were recruited—the Italians had the Alpini, who sported distinctive feathered caps, and the Austrians had the Kaiserschützen. The fierce conflict high in the mountains went largely unnoticed by the rest of the world at the time but today, as the region's ice melts, archaeologists and historians are learning more about the amazing feats of bravery of those involved.
A variety of artifacts have been uncovered from the melting glacier, including a poignant unmailed love letter to a girl named Maria, soldiers’ helmets and guns, and, of course, bodies. In 2012, the mummified bodies of two blond and blue-eyed Austrian soldiers, aged just 17 and 18 years old, were uncovered from the ice—both had been shot through the head and buried in a crevasse on the Presena glacier by their comrades. Locals held a funeral for the pair in 2013, and 200 people from around Peio attended.