Today in history 4/9/2017

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4/9/2017:

Today in history, In the Balkans, the distinguished soldier Septimius Severus is proclaimed emperor by the army in Illyricum in 193.

Today in history, Constantine ends his reign as Catholic Pope in 715.

Today in history, In the Battle of Liegnitz, Mongol armies defeat Poles and Germans in 1241.

Today in history, The city states of Venice, Milan and Florence sign a peace agreement at Lodi, Italy in 1454.

Today in history, Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi River and all lands that touch it for France in 1682.

Today in history, Captain James Cook discovers Botany Bay on the Australian continent in 1770.

Today in history, Russo-Polish conflict ends with signing of the Riga Treaty in 1921.

Today in history, Comedian Bob Hope (see picture below) makes his first television appearance in 1950.

Today in historyWinston Churchill becomes the first honorary U.S. citizen in 1963.

Today in history,  The statue of Winston Churchill (see picture below) is dedicated at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. in 1966.

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