When she left, she took a copy of the Telegraph-Journal as proof of date of the flight. After a flight lasting 14 hours and 56 minutes, she landed in Northern Ireland. This made her the first woman to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic.
The chandelier of the Palais Garnier Opera House broke and its debris fell on a crowd.
One of the chandelier's counterweights broke and fell through the ceiling into the auditorium, killing one person and injuring a few others. This event ended up a famous scene in the popular 1910 novel "Phantom of the Opera".
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Acts into law.
These Acts were to provide cheap land in the West to settlers. Applicants could gain ownership of government land or the public domain. Over 160 million acres of public land were given away for free to 1.6 million people.
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