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1065– Westminster Abbey in London consecrated.
1612– First observation of Neptune - Galileo observes and records a “fixed star” without realising it is a planet.
1767 – King Taksin crowned King of Thailand and establishes Thonburi as his capital.
1836 – Spain recognizes the independence of Mexico.
1860– Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn, New York, on her last mission to free slaves, having evaded capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad.
1908– Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy, killing nearly 80,000.
1943– All Kalmyk inhabitants of the Republic of Kalmukkie deported by the Soviet Union to Central Asia and Siberia. Many die en route.
1981 – The first American “test-tube baby,” a child born as a result of in-vitro fertilization, is born in Norfolk, Virginia.
1984– Ted Hughes is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II.
2002 – LinkedIn is founded by Reid Hoffman and others in Mountain View, California.
2012 – Vladimir Putin signs into law a ban on US adoption of Russian children.
2018 – British New Year’s honours list include Knights for author Philip Pullman and comedian Michael Palin, a Dame for Twiggy and a Order of the Companions of Honour for Margaret Atwood. 

Film: 1895 – Filmmakers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris.

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