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Saladin became the emir of Egypt today (1169). Also, hand-picked teams of Breton and English knights fought the Combat of the Thirty (1351), William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop’s Fables (1484), the Netherlands’ Utrecht University was founded (1636), at least 15,000 people died as a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Caracas, Venezuela, on the same day the Boston Gazette coined the term “gerrymander” to describe the oddly-shaped electoral districts approved by Massachusetts Gov. Eldridge Gerry, including one that wrapped around Boston and looked vaguely like a salamander (1812), the Book of Mormon was published in Elmira, New York (1830), the first Henley Royal Regatta was held (1839), Louis Riel led Saskatchewan’s Métis people in the North-West Rebellion (1885), SwissAir was founded (1931), Britain introduced driver’s license testing (1934), an estimated 10,000 people joined the Easter Be-In at the Sheep Meadow in New York’s Central Park (1967), East Pakistan declared independence, starting the Bangladesh Liberation War (1971), Gaura Devi led a group of 27 women to surround trees near Laata, India and protect them from loggers, sparking the Chipko Movement (1974), the Biological Weapons Convention took effect (1975), Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and President Jimmy Carter signed the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington D.C. (1979), ground was broken for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. (1982), the Treaty of Asunción established the Mercosur or South Common Market, with Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay as charter members (1992), Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany began to dismantle shared border checkpoints under the Schengen Agreement (1995), police found the bodies of 39 Heaven’s Gate cult members who had committed suicide believing they would ride to heaven aboard the Comet Hale-Bopp (1997), the “Melissa worm” infected Microsoft software worldwide, on the same day Jack Kervorkian was convicted of second-degree murder for assisting in the suicide of a terminally ill man in Michigan (1999), at least 200,000 Taiwanese gathered in Taipei to protest China’s newly-enacted Anti-Secession Law (2005), 46 seamen died when an underwater explosion sank the ROKS Cheonan during a military exercise near South Korea’s Baengnyeong Island (2010), and 2 firefighters died in the massive Brownstone Fire, in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood (2014). And Russian police arrested over 1000 in Moscow as protesters in 99 cities marched against widespread corruption under Vladimir Putin (2017).

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