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1773 – The Boston Tea Party: Nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor off of British ships by Colonial patriots. The patriots were disguised as Indians. The act was to protest taxation without representation and the monopoly the government granted to the East India Company.


0755 – An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China.

1392 – Nanboku-ch – Emperor Go-Kameyama abdicates in favor of rival claimant Go-Komatsu.

1431 – Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.

1497 – Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.

1598 – Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point – The final battle of the Seven Year War is fought between the Korean and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive Korean victory.

1631 – Mount Vesuvius, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000

1653 – Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1689 – English Parliament adopts Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution

1707 – Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.

1761 – Seven Years’ War: After four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg

1773 – Nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor off of British ships by Colonial patriots. The patriots were disguised as Indians. The act was to protest taxation without representation and the monopoly the government granted to the East India Company.  https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/boston-tea-party

1809 – Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate.

1826 – Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.

1835 – Disaster struck Wall Street on this day in 1835, as a fire ravaged the hub of the financial community in lower Manhattan. The inside of the Merchants’ Exchange building was nearly destroyed by the fire, leaving the New York Stock and Exchange Board without a home

1838 – The Zulu chief Dingaan was defeated by a small force of Boers at Blood River celebrated in South Africa as ‘Dingaan’s Day’.

1850 – The first immigrant ship, the Charlotte Jane, arrived at Lyttleton, New Zealand.

1870 – The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is lit for the first time.

1901 – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” by Beatrix Potter, was printed for the first time.

1905 – Sime Silverman published the first issue of “Variety”.

1907 – Great White Fleet started its circumnavigation of the world

1909 – US pressure forces Nicaraguan President Jose Santos Zelaya from office

1916 – Gregory Rasputin, a monk with considerable influence over the Russian court, is murdered by noblemen.

1922 – Florence E. Allen becomes the first woman justice of a state supreme court (Ohio).

1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.

1940 – French Premier Petain arrested Pierre Laval after learning of a plan for Laval to seize power and set up a new government with German support.

1942 – Holocaust: Porajmos – Heinrich Himmler orders that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.

1944 – During World War II, the Battle of the Bulge began in Belgium. It was the final major German counteroffensive in the war.

1949 – Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, later knows as SAAB, is founded in Sweden.

1950 – U.S. President Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in order to fight “Communist imperialism.”

1960 – A United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City, killing 134 people.

1965 – Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sends U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966

1971 – Bangladesh War of Independence and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: The surrender of the Pakistan army brings an end to both conflicts.

1972 – The Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to go unbeaten and untied in a 14-game regular season. The Dolphins went on to defeat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.

1976 – Government halts swine flu vaccination program following reports of paralysis

1978 – Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.

1979 – Libya joins four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, having an immediate dramatic effect on the United States

1981 – The U.S. Congress restored the $122 minimum monthly social security benefit for current recipients.

1983 – Riverside, Cal judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital

1985 – Reputed organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a New York City restaurant.

1989 – Walter LeRoy Moody begins his terrorist bombing streak when he sends Judge Robert Smith Vance a bomb in the mail, instantly killing him near his house in Birmingham, Alabama.

1990 – Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a leftist priest, was elected president in Haiti’s first democratic elections.

1991 – The U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a vote of 111-25.

1993 – The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for negotiations on a comprehensive test ban.

1995 – Many U.S. government functions were again closed as a temporary finance provision expired and the budget dispute between President Clinton and Republicans in Congress continued.

1996 – Britain’s agriculture minister announced the slaughter of an additional 100,000 cows thought to be at risk of contracting BSE in an effort to persuade the EU to lift its ban on Britain.

1998 – The U.S. and Britain fired hundreds of missiles on Iraq in response to Saddam Hussein’s refusal to comply with U.N. weapons inspectors.

1998 – Eric Michelman filed the earliest patent for a scroll wheel for a computer mouse.

2000 – Researchers announced that information from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft indicated that Ganymede appeared to have a liquid saltwater ocean beneath a surface of solid ice. Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, is the solar system’s largest moon. The discovery is considered important since water is a key ingredient for life.

2001 – In Tora Bora, Afghanistan, tribal fighters announced that they had taken the last al-Quaida positions. More than 200 fighters were killed and 25 captured. They also announced that they had found no sign of Osama bin Laden.

2004 – NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is the 1st to cross the termination shock, where solar and interstellar winds merge

2009 – Astronomers discovered GJ1214b. It was the first-known exoplanet on which water could exist.

2010 – Last episode of Larry King Live aired

2012 – A gang rape of a woman on a bus in India that resulted in her death leads to national and international outrage

2015 – US Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 0.25% for the first time since 2006

2016 – US State Department increases reward for information on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to $25 million

2020 – 14 people found guilty of 2015 terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo office and supermarket in Paris

2022 – Landslide sweeps through a campsite in Batang Kali township, Selangor state, Malaysia, killing at least 21 people during the night

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


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