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China’s Jin and Song Dynasties signed the Treaty of Shaoxing today (1142). Also, at least 8000 people drowned when a storm tide struck the North Sea coast of North Frisia and Dithmarschen, an event remembered as the Buchardi Flood or the Second Grote Mandrenke (1634), 3500 Irish soldiers and civilians were killed by English troops after the ten-day siege of Wexford (1649), Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon finished their survey and established the Mason-Dixon Line dividing Pennsylvania and Delaware from Maryland and what is now West Virginia (1767), Meriwether Lewis died at an inn called Grinder’s Stand along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee (1809), John Stevens’ Juliana, the first steam-powered ferry, began carrying passengers between New York City and Hoboken, New Jersey (1811), the University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university, was inaugurated (1852), the city of Campina Grande, Brazil was founded (1864), Paul Bogle led hundreds of black Jamaicans in a march that began the Morant Bay Rebellion (1865), the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded (1890), Major League Baseball’s Western League was renamed the American League (1899), a San Francisco school board decision to teach Japanese children in segregated schools sparked a diplomatic crisis (1906), former President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane (1910), 116 people died as a magnitude 7.5 struck the west coast of Puerto Rico (1918), the opening of store #1252 in Milford, Delaware made JC Penney the first chain with stores in all 48 states (1929), the Federal Communications Commission licensed CBS’ mechanical color television system for broadcast (1950), John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council (1962), NBC’s Saturday Night Live debuts with host George Carlin and guests Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian and Billy Preston (1975), President Gerald Ford approved the posthumous promotion of Lieutenant General George Washington to the rank of General of the Armies of the U.S. (1976), a British archeological salvage project raised the Mary Rose, which had lain at the bottom of sea off Portsmouth, England for 437 years (1982), astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to perform a spacewalk (1984), President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavík, Iceland (1986), the Polaroid Corporation filed for federal bankruptcy (2001), and seven people were killed when a bomb exploded at the Myyrmanni shopping mall near Helsinki, Finland (2002). And 34 people died when a boatload of Syrian and Palestinian migrants sank off the island of Lampedusa, en route from Libya to Italy, eight days after 360 people died in a similar incident near the same island (2013).


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