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1991 – Ex-postal worker Joseph Harris kills 4 postal workers   https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/a-former-postal-worker-commits-mass-murder

354 – Roman Emperor Constantius gives grand circus and theater shows to mark 30th year of his reign as Caesar in Arles

680 – Al-Hussein (Al-Ḥusayn ibn) and his followers killed at Karbala by army of Yazid, the Umayyad caliph, on the way to Kufa

1375 – Westfriese sea wall breaks flooding northern Netherlands

1575 – Battle of Dormans: Roman Catholic forces under Duke Henry of Guise defeated the Protestants, capturing Philippe de Mornay among others.

1695 – King Willem III escapes South Netherlands, back to England

1720 – French government proclaims strike on banknotes

1733 – France declares war on emperor Charles VI

1780 – Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in the Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic’s deadliest recorded hurricane.

1845 – The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD.

1846 – Neptune’s moon Triton discovered by William Lassell

1887 – Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company.

1888 – Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 at Mud Run, Pennsylvania

1900 – Foreign ministers in Peking begin their first serious negotiations over what conditions their nations will impose on the Chinese after putting down the Boxer uprising

1903 – The Women’s Social and Political Union is formed by Emmeline Pankhurst to fight for women’s rights in Britain

1911 – China’s Manchu dynasty was overthrown by revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen.

1933 – Dreft, the first synthetic detergent, went on sale.

1933 – United Airlines Boeing 247 explosion, In one of the oldest unsolved cases in aviation history, the airplane which was flying from Newark, New Jersey to Oakland California exploded mid-air and crashed near Chesterton, Indiana. All 7 passengers and crew members died in the incident. To this day, it is not known what and who caused the explosion.

1938 – Nazi Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.

1942 – 1,300 Austrian Jews transported to Theresienstadt concentration camp

1954 – Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops

1957 – A fire at the Windscale nuclear plant in Cumbria, England becomes the world’s first major nuclear accident

1957 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a Dover, DE, restaurant.

1963 – A dam burst in Italy killing 3,000 people.

1965 – The Red Baron made his first appearance in the “Peanuts” comic strip.

1967 – Outer Space Treaty is Enforced. Also known as the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, it regulated the exploration and use of outer space and created the field of international space law. The treaty declared that outer space and all celestial bodies were the common heritage of mankind and could not be claimed by any one nation.

1973 – Fiji became independent after of nearly a century of British rule.

1973 – US Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns after pleading no contest to allegations of tax fraud

1974 – US general George Brown’s speech deplores Jewish influence in US over his treatment during the 1973 World Series

1984 – The U.S. Congress passed the 2nd Boland Amendment which outlawed solicitation of 3rd-party countries to support the Contras. The amendment barred the use of funds available to CIA, defense, or intelligence agencies for “supporting, directly or indirectly, military or paramilitary operations in Nicaragua by any nation, group, organization or individual.”

1985 – US fighter jets force Egyptian plane carrying hijackers of Italian ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, gunmen are placed in custody

1991 – Ex-postal worker Joseph Harris kills 4 postal workers   https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/a-former-postal-worker-commits-mass-murder

1991 – The United States cut all foreign aid to Haiti in reaction to a military coup that forced President Jean-Claude Aristide into exile.

1994 – Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras resigned as Haiti’s commander-in-chief of the army and pledged to leave the country.

1995 – Israel begins West Bank pullback, frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners

1997 – The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, opened to the public. Architect Frank Gehry designed the 450 ft. long and 98 ft. wide building.

2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush presented a list of 22 most wanted terrorists.

2003 – Rush Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he was going to check into a rehab center.

2008 – Singapore becomes the first Asian country to slip into a recession since the credit crisis began: growth has faltered as a result of less demand for exports, a reduction in tourism, and the end of the real-estate boom

2010 – The Country of Netherlands Antilles is Dissolved, The Caribbean Dutch dependency, also sometimes known as the Dutch Antilles, was formed in 1954. The dissolution came after a series of referendums to become independent states within the Kingdom of the Netherlands were passed on the Islands of Curaçao, St Maarten, Bonaire, and Saba.

2015 – Bombing at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey kills at least 95, injures 200

2019 – 3,500 women are the first to be allowed to attend a football match in Iran for a World Cup qualifier in Tehran, since the Islamic revolution

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


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