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1972 – Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.

0041 – Gaius Caesar (Caligula), known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. Claudius succeeds his nephew.

1076 – Synod of Worms: German King Henry IV fires Pope Gregory VII

1458 – Matthias I Corvinus chosen King of Hungary

1568 – In the Netherlands, Duke of Alva declares William of Orange an outlaw

1634 – Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II declares his former military leader Albrecht von Wallenstein a traitor – later has him assassinated

1639 – Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders

1679 – King Charles II disbands the English Cavalier Parliament after 18 years – the longest of any English or British parliament

1722 – Czar Peter the Great begins civil system

1776 – Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga.

1835 – The Malê Revolt: Slaves stage a rebellion in Brazil to end slavery

1847 – 1,500 New Mexican Indians & Mexicans defeated by US Colonel Price

1848 – James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California. The discovery led to the gold rush of ’49.

1892 – Battle at Mengo, Uganda French missionaries attack British missionaries

1901 – Emily Hobhouse views the British administrated concentration camp at Bloemfontein for women and children

1908 – Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell publishes “Scouting for Boys” as a manual for self-instruction in outdoor skills and self-improvement. The book becomes the inspiration for the Scout Movement.

1913 – Franz Kafka stops working on “Amerika”; it will never be finished

1916 – In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.

1922 – Christian K. Nelson patented the Eskimo Pie.

1923 – Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico established

1924 – The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad. The name has since been changed back to St. Petersburg.

1935 – Krueger Brewing Company placed the first canned beer on sale in Richmond, VA.

1943 – U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

1946 – Canada is appointed to the UN Atomic Energy Commission, set up to control and promote the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes

1955 – The rules committee of major league baseball announced a plan to strictly enforce the rule that required a pitcher to release the ball within 20 seconds after taking his position on the mound.

1958 – After warming to 100,000,000 degrees, 2 light atoms are bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion

1962 – 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany

1964 – 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes

1972 – Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.

1977 – Massacre of Atocha in Madrid: Five labor lawyers murdered by fascists in Madrid during the Spanish transition to democracy

1978 – A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated. The radioactive debris was scattered over parts of Canada’s Northwest Territory.

1980 – The United States announced intentions to sell arms to China.

1986 – The Voyager 2 space probe flew past Uranus. The probe came within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system.

1987 – In Lebanon, gunmen kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. They were all later released.

1989 – Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida’s electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.

1990 – Japan launched the first probe to be sent to the Moon since 1976. A small satellite was placed in lunar orbit.

1996 – Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigned due to allegations that he had spied for Moscow.

1997 – The Swiss government and several banks and businesses agree to create a memorial fund for victims of the Holocaust

2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law that limited the contributions that individuals could donate to a candidate during a single election.

2001 – In Colorado Springs, CO, Patrick Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury were taken into custody after a 5-minute phone interview was granted with a TV station. They were the remaining fugitives of the “Texas 7.”

2002 – John Walker Lindh appeared in court for the first time concerning the charges that he conspired to kill Americans abroad and aided terrorist groups. Lindh had been taken into custody by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.

2003 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security began operations under Tom Ridge.

2011 – At least 35 died and 180 injured in a bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.

2017 – President Trump withdraws the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)

2022 – Coup in Burkina Faso as military announce on TV they have overthrown President Roch Kaboré after his failure to stem an Islamic insurgency

2023 – Doomsday Clock reset 90 seconds until midnight, the closest it has ever been (set up 1947) by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, due partly to war in Ukraine

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



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