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Quintus Fabius Maximus Gurges dedicated Rome’s first Temple of Venus today (295 BCE). Also, three women from Samlesbury, England were put on trial for witchcraft (1612), one woman and four men in Salem, Massachusetts were executed for witchcraft (1692), Gervasio Antonio de Posadas joined Argentina’s Second Triumvirate (1813), the New York Herald broke the news of the California Gold Rush to the east coast (1848), John Tyndall, J.J. Bennen, and Ulrich Wenger completed the first ascent of the Weisshorn (1861), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted its first auto race (1909), Afghanistan gained independence (1919), the first Soap Box Derby was held in Dayton, Ohio, on the same day 90% of Germans voted to establish the position of Führer for Adolf Hitler (1934), the CIA and Britain’s MI6 helped to overthrow the government of Mohammad Mosaddegh and install Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in Iran (1953), 200 people died in flooding caused by Hurricane Dianne (1955), the Soviet Union sentenced U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers to 10 years in prison for espionage (1960), Eisaku Satō became the first postwar Japanese prime minister to visit Okinawa (1965), 17 people including the shooter were killed in Britain’s Hungerford Massacre (1987), President Wojciech Jaruzelski nominated Solidarity activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki to be Poland’s first non-communist prime minister in 42 years (1989), Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was placed under house arrest while on holiday in the town of Foros, Ukraine (1991), tens of thousands of Serbians rallied in Belgrade to demand the resignation of Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milošević (1999), U.N. envoy Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 21 other employees were killed by a car bomb in Iraq, on the same day 23 Israelis were killed in the Shmuel HaNavi Bus Bombing (2003), Russia and China held their first joint military exercise, Peace Mission, on the same day at least three tornadoes including an F2 touched down in Southern Ontario (2005), and 101 people were killed and 565 injured in a series of bombings in Baghdad (2009). And the last U.S. combat brigade left Iraq (2010).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::