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|1624||Riots flare in Mexico when it is announced that all cults are to be closed.|
|1811||In a secret session, Congress plans to annex Spanish East Florida.|
|1865||Union troops capture Fort Fisher, North Carolina.|
|1913||The first telephone line between Berlin and New York is inaugurated.|
|1919||Peasants in Central Russia rise against the Bolsheviks.|
|1920||The Dry Law goes into effect in the United States. Selling liquor and beer becomes illegal.|
|1920||The United States approves a $150 million loan to Poland, Austria and Armenia to aid in their war with the Russian communists.|
|1927||The Dumbarton Bridge opens in San Francisco carrying the first auto traffic across the bay.|
|1929||The U.S. Senate ratifies the Kellogg-Briand anti-war pact.|
|1930||Amelia Earhart sets an aviation record for women at 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega.|
|1936||In London, Japan quits all naval disarmament talks after being denied equality.|
|1944||The U.S. Fifth Army successfully breaks the German Winter Line in Italy with the capture of Mount Trocchio.|
|1949||Chinese Communists occupy Tianjin after a 27-hour battle with Nationalist forces.|
|1965||Sir Winston Churchill suffers a severe stroke.|
|1967||Some 462 Yale faculty members call for an end to the bombing in North Vietnam.|
|1973||Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action by U.S. troops in Vietnam.|
|1973||Four of six remaining Watergate defendants plead guilty.|
|1975||The Alvor Agreement is signed, ending the Angolan War of Independence and granting the country independence from Portugal.|
|1976||Sara Jane Moore is sentenced to life in prison for her failed attempt to assassinate Ford.|
|1991||The UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw its forces from occupied Kuwait passes, setting the stage for Operation Desert Storm.|
|1991||Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II approves Australia instituting its own Victoria Cross honors system, the first county in the British Commonwealth permitted to do so.|
|1992||Slovenia and Croatia’s independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is recognized by the international community.|
|2001||Wikipedia goes online.|
The Morgue may have existed so that friends and family of the dead could identify anonymous bodies, but few visitors came with any intention of looking for a missing person. They had a single goal: to see the dead up-close. The more gruesome or mysterious a person’s death, the more tourists showed up to see their body.Not only did the visitors augment the news stories with a visual inspection that photography would later fill, but they imagined themselves as amateur sleuths, speculating on the cause of death. Read about the crowds who flocked to the Paris Morgue, and some spectacular cases they witnessed, at Atlas Obscura.
As USC history professor Vanessa R. Schwartz writes, “The Morgue served as a visual auxiliary to the newspaper, staging the recently dead who had been sensationally detailed by the printed word.” Whenever newspapers reported on an unknown decapitated person or a bloodied trunk on display, tens of thousands of people flocked to the Morgue to see it.