1740: English clergyman Augustus Toplady, who wrote the hymn “Rock of Ages,” was born.
1995: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was shot to death by a right-wing Jewish extremist, Yigal Amir, after having addressed a peace rally attended by more than 100,000 people in Tel Aviv.
2006: Katharine Jefferts Schori took office as the first female leader of the Episcopal Church and the first woman priest to head an Anglican province during a ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral.
1917: In Moscow, following the abdication of Russian Czar Nicholas II, the Orthodox Church Council of 1917-1918 restored the office of patriarch, suppressed by Peter the Great in 1700.
1998: In a scientific breakthrough, researchers said they had found a way to grow almost any type of human cell in a laboratory dish by using embryonic stem cells. Researchers said their work could eventually be used to…
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