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1512

Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were shown to the public for the first time.

1755

Earthquake, fires, and tsunami leveled Lisbon and claimed 70,000 lives.

1765

The Stamp Act, the first direct tax on the American colonies, went into effect.

1870

The U.S. Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations.

1936

Benito Mussolini described the new alliance between Nazi Germany and Italy as an "axis" running between Berlin and Rome.

1952

The United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb in a test in the Marshall Islands.

1993

The Maastricht Treaty was enacted, establishing the European Union.

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