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2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $115 billion in damage

0708 – Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time

1189 – Ban Kulin wrote The Charter of Kulin, which became a symbolic “”birth certificate”” of Bosnian statehood

1350 – Battle of Winchelsea (or Les Espagnols sur Mer): The English naval fleet under King Edward III defeats a Castilian fleet of 40 ships.

1475 – The Treaty of Picquigny ends a brief war between France and England.

1526 – Battle of Mohcs: The Ottoman Turks led by Suleiman the Magnificent defeat and kill the last Jagiellonian king of Hungary and Bohemia

1533 – Atahualpa, the last Incan king of Peru, is murdered at the request of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.

1655 – Warsaw falls without resistance to a small force under the command of Charles X Gustav of Sweden during The Deluge.

1696 – King Louis XIV of France and Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Savoy sign Peace of Turin, a turning point in the War of the League of Augsburg

1708 – Haverhill, Mass destroyed by French & Indians

1756 – Prussian Emperor Frederick II attacks Saxony; beginning of the Seven Years War that will see the English capture Canada

1758 – New Jersey Legislature forms 1st Indian reservation

1786 – Shays’ Rebellion, an armed uprising of Massachusetts farmers, begins in response to high debt and tax burdens

1810 – Over 600 prostitutes counted in Lower Canada

1831 – Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction

1833 – The “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labor laws.

1842 – The Treaty of Nanking was signed by the British and the Chinese. The treaty ended the first Opium War and gave the island of Hong Kong to Britain.

1864 – William Huggins discovers chemical composition of nebulae

1882 – English cricketers lose to Australia on English soil for the first time , a mock obituary in the Sporting Times then declares the death of English cricket, saying its ashes will be taken to Australia, the origin of the “”Ashes”” trophy

1886 – In New York City, Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang’s chef invented chop suey.

1903 – The Finance Minister, Count Witte, is dismissed in what is seen as a victory for those in Russia who want their country to expand into Manchuria and Korea in defiance of the Japanese

1907 – The Quebec Bridge collapses during construction, killing 75 workers

1910 – Japan changes Korea’s name to Chsen and appoints a governor-general to rule its new colony.

1911 – Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.

1916 – Congress creates US Naval Reserve

1917 – Canadian Parliament passes the Compulsory Military Act which is opposed by many French-Canadians from Québec and farmers across the country

1924 – Germany’s Reichstag approves the Dawes Plan, which sought to solve the WWI reparations problem

1930 – The last 36 remaining inhabitants of St Kilda are voluntarily evacuated to other parts of Scotland.

1939 – Chaim Weizmann informs England that Palestine Jews will fight in WW II

1942 – American Jewish conference meets in New York to discuss agenda of Jewish Unity (Rescue vs. Zionist program).

1944 – During the continuing celebration of the liberation of France from the Nazis, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris.

1945 – U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese.

1949 – At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients.

1956 – French government routes troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis

1958 – United States Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1962 – The lower level of the George Washington Bridge opened.

1965 – Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space.

1970 – Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War, East Los Angeles, California. Police riot kills three people, including journalist Ruben Salazar.

1975 – Star in Cygnus goes nova becoming 4th brightest in sky

1982 – The synthetic chemical element Meitnerium, atomic number 109, is first synthesized at the Gesellschaft fr Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.

1983 – Two U.S. marines were killed in Lebanon by the militia group Amal when they fired mortar shells at the Beirut airport.

1983 – The anchor of the USS Monitor, from the U.S. Civil War, was retrieved by divers.

1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq.

1991 – The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party’s role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev.

1991 – The republics of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to stay in the Soviet Union.

1992 – The U.N. Security Council agreed to send troops to Somalia to guard the shipments of food.

1997 – At least 98 villagers are killed by the GIA in the Rais massacre, Algeria

1998 – Northwest Airlines pilots went on strike after their union rejected a last-minute company offer.

2003 – Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, is assassinated in a terrorist bombing, along with nearly 100 worshippers as they leave a mosque in Najaf.

2004 – India test-launched a nuclear-capable missle able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles.

2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $115 billion in damage

2007 – A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.

2012 – Banana Spider venom is found to be effective in relieving erectile dysfunction

2012 – Operation Eagle, undertaken by the Egyptian Army, results in the deaths of 11 suspected terrorists and the arrest of another 23

2014 – Riots break out in Guinea following rumours that health workers are deliberately transmitting the Ebola virus to locals

2018 – Germany hands back human remains of Namibian Herero and Nama people murdered during 1904-08 genocide at church service in Berlin

2018 – Russian President Vladimir Putin announces new retirement ages, 60 for women, 65 for men in TV address, amid protests

2019 – Discovery of world’s largest child sacrifice site announced by archaeologists with 227 victims from Chimú culture in Huanchaco, Peru

2020 – Elon Musk unveils pig named Gertrude with coin-sized computer in her brain, part of his Nuralink start-up creating a brain-to-machine interface

2021 – Missile and drone attack on al-Anad airbase in south Yemen kills at least 30 soldiers, one of the deadliest attacks in recent years

REFERENCE: history.net, onthisday.com, thepeopleshistory.com, timeanddate.com, scopesys.com, on-this-day.com


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