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Friar John Cor recorded the first known batch of Scotch whiskey today (1495). Also, Agustin Sumuroy led a revolt against Spanish colonial forced labor in the Philippine city of Palapag (1649), Mary Dyer was hanged for violating a law that banned Quakers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1660), Benedict Arnold was court martialed for malfeasance (1779), Kentucky became our 15th state (1792) and Tennessee our 16th (1796), President James Monroe asked Congress to declare war on Britain (1812), mortally wounded, James Lawrence gave his final order as commander of the USS Chesapeake: “Don’t give up the ship!” (1813), James Clark Ross reached the Magnetic North Pole (1831), Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal was published (1857), the Treaty of Bosque Redondo allowed the Navajo to begin the Long Walk to their homelands in Arizona and New Mexico (1868), the Census Bureau began using Herman Hollerith’s tabulating machine to count returns (1890), the Senate confirmed Louis Brandeis, making him the first Jewish-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court (1916), the Royal Ulster Constabulary, now the Police Service of Northern Ireland, was founded (1922), at least 180 and as many as 800 Jews were killed in the Farhud pogrom in Baghdad (1941), 17 people including actor Leslie Howard were killed when a German fighter shot down BOAC Flight 777 over the Bay of Biscay (1943), the Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting issued a report concluding the British public did not want commercial radio (1962), Kenya gained self-rule, now marked as Madaraka Day (1963), the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released (1967), 28 people died when a chemical plant exploded near Flixborough, England, on the same day the journal Emergency Medicine published the Heimlich Maneuver (1974), CNN began broadcasting (1980), 13 people were killed when a Serb militia shelled a soccer match in Dobrinja, near Sarajevo (1993), 11 people died when American Airlines Flight 1420 crash-landed at Little Rock National Airport (1999), Nepalese Crown Prince Dipendra murdered his parents, King Birendra and Queen Aiswarya and 7 other family members before shooting himself, on the same day 21 people died when a suicide bomber struck the Dolphinarium disco in Tel Aviv (2001), China began filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam (2003), and 228 people died when Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic en route from Rio De Janeiro to Paris, on the same day General Motors filed for the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. history (2009), 3 people died when 6 tornadoes including an EF3 struck New England (2011), and 40 people were killed when a bomb exploded at a soccer stadium in Mubi, Nigeria (2014). And 442 people died when the cruise ship MV Dongfang zhi Xing capsized on China’s Yangtze River during a severe thunderstorm (2015) and Oklahoma volunteer Deputy Robert Bates was sentenced to 4 years in prison for killing unarmed and restrained African American Eric Harris (2016).
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