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The Vandals sacked Rome today (455). Also, the first Récollet missionaries arrive at Québec City (1615), Bridget Bishop went on trial in the first of the Salem Witch Trials (1692), Chippewas distracted the garrison of Fort Michilimackinac with a game of lacrosse, then chased a ball into and captured the fort, in what is now Mackinac, Michigan (1763), the British Parliament passed the Quartering Act, allowing colonial American governors to house troops in unoccupied houses, barns, and outbuildings (1774), François Hanriot arrested 22 Girondists, beginning the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror (1793), P.T. Barnum’s circus began their first U.S. tour (1835), the first Slavic Congress convened in Prague (1848), Maine’s new prohibition statute prompted the Portland Rum Riot (1855), President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the only presidential wedding ever held at the White House (1886), Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his radio (1896), Charles Rolls made the first non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by air (1910), 2 people were killed as mail bombs exploded in 8 U.S. cities (1919), President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S. (1924), Elizabeth II was crowned (1953), police broke up several fights between Italian and Chilean players in a World Cup soccer match dubbed the Battle of Santiago (1962), Surveyor 1 landed on the Moon (1966), John Paul II visited his native Poland as the first pope to visit a communist country (1979), 23 people died in a flashover aboard Air Canada Flight 797 when the doors were opened after an in-flight fire and emergency landing (1983), 12 people died when 66 tornadoes including seven F4s struck Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio (1990), 29 people died when an RAF Chinook helicopter crashed in Scotland (1994), Timothy McVeigh was convicted of 15 counts of murder and conspiracy in the Oklahoma City Bombing (1997), the Bhutan Broadcasting Service began television service (1999), the European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe was launched from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan (2003), Ken Jennings began his record-setting 74-game win streak on Jeopardy! (2004), 13 people were killed when a gunman went on a four-hour rampage before killing himself in Cumbria, England (2010), and former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt (2012). And Telangana became India’s 29th state (2014) and Kenneth Starr resigns as Baylor University Chancellor amid sexual assault scandal (2016).
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