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Francesco Petrarca climbed Mont Ventoux today (1336). Also, William Shakespeare was baptized (1564), English colonists made landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia (1607), thousands of meteorites fell on L’Aigle, France, convincing European scientists that meteors were space rocks and not an atmospheric phenomenon (1803), Union cavalry troopers killed John Wilkes Booth in a Virginia barn (1865), Prince and later King George VI married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (1923), the Luftwaffe bombed Guernica (1938), 1549 miners died in an explosion at the Benxihu Colliery (1942), the SS Ideal X, the world’s first successful container ship, leaves Port Newark for Houston (1956), the Baltimore & Ohio’s Royal Blue made her final run (1958), the Ranger 4 probe crashed into the Moon (1962), the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization took effect (1970), Michael Harrison performed the first open fetal surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (1981), a former police officer killed 57 people in a spree shooting in Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea (1982), the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded (1986), 1300 people were killed as history’s deadliest tornado struck Bangladesh (1989), and an expelled former student killed 16 people before committing suicide at a school in Erfurt, Germany (2002). And after a 29-year occupation, Syria withdrew her last 14,000 troops from Lebanon (2005).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::