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2007 – Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.’s CEO, announced the first generation iPhone.

0475 – Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople.

1317 – Phillips V, the Tall, crowned King of France

1349 – The Jewish population of Basel, Switzerland, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing bubonic plague, is rounded up and incinerated

1431 – Judges’ investigations for the trial of Joan of Arc begin in Rouen, France, the seat of the English occupation government.

1493 – Christopher Columbus 1st sights manatees

1570 – Tsar Ivan the terrible kills 1000-2000 residents of Novgorod

1613 – Samuel de Champlain publishes two volumes of his Voyages, outlining his adventures from 1604 to 1612; with maps of Acadia and the St. Lawrence River

1666 – New France Governor Daniel de Remy de Courcelle 1626-1698 leads a 500-man military campaign against the Mohawks

1728 – Coronation of 12-year old Peter II Alexeyevich as Tsar of Russia takes place in Moscow

1768 – Philip Astley stages the first modern circus (London).

1788 – Connecticut became the 5th state to join the United States.

1793 – Jean Pierre Blanchard makes first balloon flight in North America (Philadelphia)

1799 – British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduced income tax, at two shillings (10p) in the pound, to raise funds for the Napoleonic Wars.

1812 – Swedish Pomerania (Germany) seized by Napoleon

1858 – Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide

1861 – The first shots of the American Civil War are fired, The steamer, Star of the West, was fired upon by the Confederates as it attempted to enter Charleston Harbor

1879 – Cheyenne prisoners led by Dull Knife revolt at Fort Robinson

1894 – The New England Telephone and Telegraph Company put the first battery-operated switchboard into operation in Lexington, MA.

1902 – New York State introduced a bill to outlaw flirting in public.

1903 – Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota established

1912 – US marines invade Honduras

1916 – The Battle of Gallipoli ends, The Gallipoli Campaign during World War I ended with the victory of the Ottoman Empire

1927 – Fire in Laurier Palace cinema in Montreal, 78 children died

1929 – The Seeing Eye was incorporated in Nashville, TN. The company’s purpose was to train dogs to guide the blind.

1933 – Amsterdam confectionery worker go on strike against wage reduction

1936 – The United States Army adopted the semi-automatic rifle.

1937 – The first issue of “Look” went on sale. Within a month, “Look” became a biweekly magazine.

1940 – Television was used for the first time to present a sales meeting to convention delegates in New York City.

1942 – US Joint Chiefs of Staff created

1943 – Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler views the Warsaw Ghetto – ordered deportation of 8,000 Jews

1945 – US soldiers led by General Douglas MacArthur invades Philippines

1951 – The United Nations headquarters officially opened in New York City.

1952 – Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty

1964 – 21 Panamanians and three U.S. soldiers die when anti-US rioting erupts in the Panama Canal Zone.

1969 – The supersonic aeroplane Concorde made its first trial flight, at Bristol.

1972 – British miners went on strike for the first time since 1926.

1976 – CW McCall CB song “”Convoy”” hit #1 on the country music charts

1979 – Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses

1980 – Saudi Arabia executes 63 people for their part in a raid on Mecca’s Grand Mosque the previous November.

1984 – Clara Peller was first seen by TV viewers in the “Where’s the Beef?” commercial campaign for Wendy’s.

1986 – Kodak got out of the instant camera business after 10 years due to a loss in a court battle that claimed that Kodak copied Polaroid patents.

1991 – U.S. secretary of state Baker and Iraqi foreign minister Aziz met for 6 1/2 hours in Geneva, but failed to reach any agreement that would forestall war in the Persian Gulf.

1995 – Worker accidentally cuts electrical wires at Newark Airport

1997 – Tamil rebels attacked a military base in Sri Lanka. 200 soldiers and 140 rebels were killed.

1998 – Decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid is returned

2002 – The U.S. Justice Department announced that it was pursuing a criminal investigation of Enron Corp. The company had filed for bankruptcy on December 2, 2001.

2003 – Archaeologists announced that they had found five more chambers in the tomb of Qin Shihuang, China’s first emperor. The rooms were believed to cover about 750,000 square feet.

2005 – The second Sudanese War ends. As an outcome, Southern Sudan is granted autonomy; in 2011, South Sudan becomes an independent nation.

2007 – Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.’s CEO, announced the first generation iPhone.

2014 – Taliban suicide car bomb assassinates senior police officer Chaudhry Aslam and kills three others in Pakistan, Pakistan

2018 – US President Trump cancels program allowing 200,000 Salvadorans 17-year temporary protected status to live in the US

2019 – California’s monarch butterfly count drops by 86% according to 2018 census

2022 – At least 200 people killed and 10,000 displaced by armed bandits in northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, after military raids on their hideouts, amid continuing struggle for order in the region

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



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