The Mississippi River is rocked by earthquakes, Baltimore burns, Chaplin debuts "The Tramp," The Beatles arrive in America, and space shuttle astronauts make the first untethered spacewalk, all on this day.
1878: Pope Pius IX, the longest-reigning elected Pope in the history of the Catholic Church, dies at the age of 85 in Rome, Italy, of epilepsy, which led to a seizure and a sudden heart attack. Pius IX served from June 16, 1846, until his death, a period of nearly 32 years. During his pontificate, Pius IX convened the First Vatican Council in 1869, which decreed papal infallibility. He also defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, meaning that Mary was conceived without original sin.
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