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On this day in 1832, over 100 Shetland fishermen were killed in a storm during an incident which became known as 'the bad day'. 31 Shetland 'sixern' boats which belonged to the fishermen were lost, containing 105 fishermen - who left behind wives and families with little means of support. The plight of the families was brought to the attention of the country by newspaper reports and within days of the incident, a distress fund in London raised more than 3,000 in public donations.
Although a few of the fishermen were lucky enough to survive, they were forced to spend six months in America, as the captain of the ship who pulled them from the sea refused to change course, taking the men across the Atlantic.
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1940 - Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia were annexed by the Soviet Union.

1954 - The Geneva Conference partitioned Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam.

1865 Wild Bill Hickok kills gunman Dave Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, in what is regarded as the first formal quick-draw duel.

1968 - Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to make a million dollars in career earnings after he tied for second place at the PGA Championship.

2007 - The seventh and last book of the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," was released.





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Poet and songwriter Robert Burns died on this day in 1796 at the age of 37.
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1210 Joan of England, queen consort of Scotland and wife of King Alexander II of Scotland, was born on this day to King John of England and Isabella of Angeloume.
She was Scotland's queen consort between 1221 and 1238, the year of her death. The couple had no children together and Alexander went on to marry Marie de Coucy, who bore him a son Alexander, the future Alexander III of Scotland.

1376 - The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date.

1812 - English troops under the Duke of Wellington defeated the French at the Battle of Salamanca in Spain.

1943 - American forces led by General George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily.

1965 - "Till Death Us Do Part" debuted on England’s BBC-TV.

2003 - In northern Iraq, Saddam Hussein's sons Odai and Qusai died after a gunfight with U.S. forces.

2003 - In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated and no injuries were reported.



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1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) landed at Eriskay with a force of seven men, on a mission to restore the Stuarts to the throne.
The prince and his army went on to fight at the Battle of Prestonpans in September 1745, defeating a government army and marching further south, gathering thousands of supporters on the way. However, they would face eventual defeat at the Battle of Culloden the following year.
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1914 - Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serb assassin. The dispute led to World War 1

1962 - The "Telstar" communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe.

1972 - Eddie Merckx of Belgium won his fourth consecutive Tour de France bicycling competition.

1986 - Britain's Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. They divorced in 1996.



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0326 - Roman Emperor Constantine refused to carry out the traditional pagan sacrifices.

1587 - Japanese strong-man Hideyoshi banned Christianity in Japan and ordered all Christians to leave.

1759 - British forces defeated a French army at Fort Niagara in Canada.

1907 - Korea became a protectorate of Japan.

1924 - Greece announced the deportation of 50,000 Armenians.

1966 - The Monkees recorded their first single. The song was "The Last Train to Clarksville" and was later included on their self-titled debut album.

1978 - Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England. She had been conceived through in-vitro fertilization.

1999 - Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France. He was only the second American to win the race.

2010 - WikiLeaks leaked to the public more than 90,000 internal reports involving the U.S.-led War in Afghanistan from 2004-2010.


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Major General Sir Alexander Cameron of Inverailort, a hero of the Napoleonic Wars, died on this day in 1850.
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1663 - The British Parliament passed a second Navigation Act, which required all goods bound for the colonies be sent in British ships from British ports.

1689 - Government forces defeated the Scottish Jacobites at the Battle of Killiecrankie.

1784 - "Courier De L’Amerique" became the first French newspaper to be published in the United States. It was printed in Philadelphia, PA.

1778 - The British and French fleets fought to a standoff in the first Battle of Ushant.

1866 - Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable. It was an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe.

1914 - British troops invaded the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and began to disarm Irish rebels.

1921 - Canadian biochemist Frederick Banting and associates announced the discovery of the hormone insulin.

1980 - The deposed shah of Iran, Muhammad Riza Pahlavi, died in a hospital near Cairo, Egypt.

1999 - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.


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Anne Stuart, the last of the Stuart monarchs, married Prince George of Denmark on this day in 1683. Anne was the daughter of King James VII of Scotland and her reign ended the rule of the Stuart monarchs as she left no surviving children.
Anne and George were wed in an arranged marriage and although their union resulted in eighteen pregnancies, only five of the children were born alive. The longest-lived of these children was the Duke of Gloucester, who died at the age of eleven in 1700, two years before Anne became queen.
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1750 - Johann Sebastian Bach died after an unsuccessful eye operation.

1866 - Beatrix Potter born

1914 - World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

1939 - Judy Garland recorded "Over the Rainbow."

1945 - A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building. 14 people were killed and 26 were injured.

1982 - San Francisco, CA, became the first city in the U.S. to ban handguns.



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Robert Burns's first collection of poems, The Kilmarnock Edition was published on 31 July 1786. The collection, which is often known as Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect was printed in a run of 612 copies, which retailed at three shillings a copy.
The collection contained a number of works which would make Burns famous, including To a Mouse, Halloween and The Twa Dogs. The entire print run sold out within a month causing Burns to rethink his plans to emigrate and inspiring him instead to move to Edinburgh to try to forge a literary career.
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1792 - The cornerstone of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, PA, was laid. It was the first building to be used only as a U.S. government building.

1932 - Enzo Ferrari retired from racing. In 1950 he launched a series of cars under his name.

1971 - Men rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle (LRV).



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Andrew Melville, religious reformer and scholar, was born on this day in 1545 in Baldovie, Angus. Melville was a scholar of international renown who became principal of both Glasgow University and St Mary's College at St Andrews. After graduating from St Andrews University, Melville travelled to mainland Europe to further his studies and it was here that he absorbed new ideas which he would implement on his return to Scotland's universities.
In 1574, he began a programme of improvements at the University of Glasgow, setting up a new and extended curriculum which, along with his reputation for excellence, attracted students from across Scotland. Melville's religious views placed him at odds with King James VI, whom he called 'God's silly vassal' - an argument which led to Melville's eventual imprisonment in the Tower of London.
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1498 - Christopher Columbus landed on "Isla Santa" (Venezuela).

1774 - Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly.

1834 - Slavery was outlawed in the British empire with an emancipation bill.

1936 - Adolf Hitler presided over the Olympic games as they opened in Berlin.




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1553 Mary Tudor the new Queen of England, enters London.

1610 Henry Hudson of England discovers a great bay on the east coast of Canada and names it for himself.

1900 - Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded.

1916 Sir Roger Casement is hanged for treason in England.

1933 - The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.

1936 - Jesse Owens won the first of his four Olympic gold medals.

1956 - Bedloe's Island had its name changed to Liberty Island.

1972 Former Beatle Paul McCartney announces formation of his new group, Wings.

1990 - Thousands of Iraqi troops pushed within a few miles of the border of Saudi Arabia. This heightened world concerns that the invasion of Kuwait could spread.



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1265 King Henry III puts down a revolt of English barons lead by Simon de Montfort.

1789 The Constituent Assembly in France abolishes the privileges of nobility.

1914 Germany invades Belgium causing Great Britain to declare war on Germany.

1942 The British government charges that Mohandas Gandhi and his All-Indian Congress Party favor "appeasement" with Japan.

1944 RAF pilot T. D. Dean becomes the first pilot to destroy a V-1 buzz bomb when he tips the pilotless craft's wing, sending it off course

1952 Helicopters from the U.S. Air Force Air Rescue Service land in Germany, completing the first transatlantic flight by helicopter in 51 hours and 55 minutes of flight time.

1964 The bodies of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E. Chaney, are discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam. (Believe the movie 'Mississippi Burning' was based on this crime)



1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet and author born

1901 Louis Armstrong, legendary jazz trumpeter born

1961 Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States of America born




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1539 King Francis of France declares that all official documents are to be written in French, not Latin.

1628 The Swedish warship Vasa capsizes and sinks in Stockholm harbour on her maiden voyage.

1831 William Driver of Salem, Massachusetts, is the first to use the term "Old Glory" in connection with the American flag, when he gives that name to a large flag aboard his ship, the Charles Daggett.

1846 The Smithsonian Institution is established in Washington through the bequest of Englishman James Smithson.

1911 The House of Lords in Great Britain gives up its veto power, making the House of Commons the more powerful House.

1954 English jockey Sir Gordon Richards retires with a world-record total of 4,870 victories, later broken by Johnny Longden of the United States. Richards was the first jockey ever to be knighted.

1970 Rocker Jim Morrison tried in Miami on "lewd & lascivious behavior." Although convicted and sentenced to jail, he was free on bond while his case was being appealed when he dies in Paris, July 3, 1971.

1975 David Frost purchases the exclusive rights to interview Richard Nixon.

1997 The last British troops leave Hong Kong. After 156 years of British rule, the island is returned to China.

2006 All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes after Scotland Yard disrupts a a major terrorist plot involving liquid explosives. After a few weeks, the toiletries ban was modified.







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30 BC Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt, commits suicide.

1762 The British capture Cuba from Spain after a two month siege.

1791 Black slaves on the island of Santo Domingo rise up against their white masters.

1812 British commander the Duke of Wellington occupies Madrid, Spain, forcing out Joseph Bonaparte.

1908 Henry Ford's first Model T rolls off the assembly line.

1941 French Marshal Henri Philippe Petain announces full French collaboration with Nazi Germany.

1961 The erection of the Berlin Wall begins, preventing access between East and West Germany.

1977 Steven Biko, leader of the black consciousness movement in South Africa, is arrested.

1979 Massive book burnings by press censors begin in Iran.

1992 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is concluded between the United States, Canada and Mexico, creating the world's wealthiest trade bloc.

2000 Russian Navy submarine K-141 Kursk explodes and sinks with all hands during military exercises in the Barents Sea.


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