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    This Week in History: June 29–July 5


    June 29, 1613
    London's Globe Theatre is destroyed by fire
    The Globe burned to the ground after its thatch was accidentally set alight by a cannon used during a performance of Henry VIII.

    June 30, 1893
    The Excelsior diamond is discovered
    At the time of its discovery in the South African De Beers mine, the blue-white stone weighing 995 carats was the largest uncut diamond ever found.

    July 2, 1839
    Revolt breaks out on the slave ship Amistad
    The mutineers were acquitted of any crime after a federal court deemed them to be kidnap victims rather than merchandise and the Supreme Court upheld that verdict—a victory for U.S. abolitionism.

    July 3, 1863
    The Battle of Gettysburg ends
    Following three days of fighting and more than 50,000 casualties, the battle ended with a victory for the Union forces and is considered a turning point in the American Civil War.

    July 5, 1996
    The first successfully cloned mammal is born
    Dolly was a female Finn Dorset sheep born near Edinburgh, and her birth finally dispelled the myth that adult mammals could not be cloned.
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