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164 BC During Maccabbean revolt Judas Maccabaeus recaptures Jersusalem and rededicates the Second Temple, commemorated since as Jewish festival Hanukkah 1806 The Continental System declared in the Decree of Berlin: Emperor Napoleon I bans all trade with Britain 1818 Russia’s Tsar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine 1920 Mussolini’s squad begins terror, 11 die in Bologna, Italy 1953 Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce the “Piltdown Man” skull is a hoax