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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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