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Japanese Emperor Tenji placed a water clock called the Rokoku in his capital of Ōtsu today (671). Also, Frederick I Barbarossa drowned in the river Saleph while leading an army to Jerusalem on the Third Crusade (1190), France and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Compiègne (1624), Bridget Bishop was hanged for witchcraft near Salem, Massachusetts (1692), 100,000 people died when a landslide dam on the Dadu River collapsed in China’s Sichuan province (1786), Paris’ Jardin des Plantes museum opened (1793), Oxford and Cambridge rowers squared off on the River Thames in the inaugural Boat Race (1829), 28 Aboriginal Australians were massacred at Myall Creek (1838), the first U.S. Naval Academy class graduated (1854), the League of Prizren was founded to oppose the decisions of the Congress of Berlin and the Treaty of San Stephano (1878), 153 people died and the famous Pink and White Terraces were destroyed when New Zealand’s Mount Tarawera erupted (1886), Josiah and Sarah Moore, their four children, and two young houseguests were murdered in Villisca, Iowa (1912), Lawrence of Arabia led the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire (1916), the United Church of Canada held their inaugural service in the Toronto Arena (1925), Robert Smith took his last drink and he and Bill Wilson founded Alcoholics Anonymous, on the same day a ceasefire ended the 3-year Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay (1935), 15-year old Joe Nuxhall took the field for the Cincinnati Reds as Major League Baseball’s youngest ever player (1944), Saab produced their first automobile (1947), John Diefenbaker’s Progressive Conservative Party of Canada carried the federal elections, ending 22 years of Liberal Party government (1957), President John Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act (1963), Israel and Syria agreed to a cease-fire, ending the Six Day War (1967), the Apple II went on sale, on the same day James Earl Ray escaped from Tennessee’s Brushy Mountain State Prison (1977), British Airways Flight 5390 landed safely at Southampton Airport with no fatalities, despite a windscreen blowout that left pilot Tim Lancaster trapped outside the cockpit (1990), John Paul II canonized Rafqa Pietra Choboq Ar-Rayès, Lebanon’s first female saint (2001), Kevin Warwick conducted the first experiment of direct connections between the nervous systems of two humans (2002), NASA launched the Spirit Rover, on the same day the Broadway musical Wicked opened (2003), and former The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie was shot and killed after a concert in Orlando, Florida (2016). And the 2017 World Expo opened in Astana, Kazakhstan (2017).
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