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Γ†thelred of Wessex defeat the Danes at the Battle of Marton today (871). Also, 347 English settlers at Jamestown were killed by Algonquin raiders during the Second Anglo-Powhatan War (1622), the Massachusetts Bay Colony banned playing cards, dice, and gaming tables (1630), and expelled Anne Hutchinson for religious dissent (1638), Nadir Shah occupied Delhi and stole the jewels of the Peacock Throne (1739), the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act (1765), the Emerald Buddha was moved to Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand (1784), the London Protocol established the borders of Greece (1829), North Carolina’s William Woods Holden became the first U.S. state governor to be removed by impeachment (1871), the Spanish National Assembly in Puerto Rico abolished slavery (1873), the first Stanley Cup playoff tournament began (1894), Yuan Shikai, the last Chinese Emperor, abdicated (1916), Foster Hewitt called the first ice hockey game radio broadcast (1923), the Arab League was founded (1945), the London Bullion Market reopened (1954), Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes patented the first laser (1960), the Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me, was released in Britain (1963), Congress sent the Equal Rights Amendment to the states, on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Eisenstadt v. Baird that unmarried persons have the right to possess contraceptives (1972), Karl Wallenda fell to his death from a high wire between two towers in San Juan, Puerto Rico (1978), teachers at the McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, California were charged with satanic ritual abuse, charges later dropped as completely unfounded (1984), 27 passengers and crew died when USAir Flight 405 crashed upon takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (1992), Intel shipped the first Pentium chips (1993), 14-year-old Tara Lipinsky became the youngest-ever World Figure Skating Champion, on the same day the Comet Hale-Bopp made its closest approach to Earth (1997), and 12 Palestinians including 9 bystanders were killed when an Israeli helicopter fired missiles at Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin in the Gaza Strip (2004). And British forces freed 3 Christian Peacemaker Team hostages after 118 days in captivity in Baghdad (2006).

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