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On this day: July 15

Published On: Jul 10 2013 03:20:40 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 15 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Jerusalem falls to the Crusaders, the Rosetta Stone is uncovered, Napoleon surrenders, the Nintendo Entertainment System debuts in Japan, and Psy unleashes "Gangnam Style" on the Internet, all on this day.

OTD July 15 - Rosetta Stone
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1799: The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, is found in Egypt by French Lt. Pierre-François Bouchard. The stone provides the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs. British troops defeated the French in Egypt in 1801, and the stone came into British possession. Transported to London, it has been on public display at the British Museum since 1802.

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