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Japan’s Mount Fuji erupted for the first time in recorded history today (781). Also, John Komnenos the Fat attempted a coup against Byzantine Emperor Alexios III Angelos (1201), the Alhambra Decree expelled Jews from Spain (1492), Christopher Columbus landed on Trinidad (1498), the Spanish Armada was spotted off the English coast (1588), the Treaty of Breda ended the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1667), legend holds that a crowd threw flowers at Daniel Dafoe as he stood in a pillory for three days, convicted of seditious libel for his political satire (1703), Samuel Hopkins’ potash process was protected by the first U.S. patent (1790), Christchurch, New Zealand was chartered (1856), the radio mystery The Shadow premiered (1930), New York City’s experimental television station W2XAB, now WCBS, began broadcasting (1931), archeologists discovered engraved gold and silver plates from Darius the Great in Persepolis (1938), New York International Airport, now John F. Kennedy International Airport, was dedicated (1948), Ardito Desio led an Italian team in the first ascent of K2 (1954), Ranger 7 sent back the first close-up photographs of the Moon (1964), the Royal Navy issued the last rum rations, an event remembered as Black Tot Day (1970), 27 people died when an F4 tornado struck Edmonton, Alberta (1987), 32 people died when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapsed in Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia (1988), in its final scientific experiment, the Lunar Prospector was crashed into the Moon (1999), Fidel Castro turned over power to his brother Raul (2006), Operation Banner, the British Army presence in Northern Ireland, ended after 38 years (2007), and U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps passed Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina’s 48-year-old record of 18 career Olympic medals (2012). And 32 people died in a series of gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2014).

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