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Cyrus the Great captured Babylon today (539 BCE). Also, the Hungarian city of Oradea was first documented under its Latin name, Varadinum (1113), England’s King John lost his crown jewels in The Wash (1216), Christopher Columbus made landfall in the Bahamas, thinking he had reached India (1492), over 100 people died and much of the city was leveled when a gunpowder store exploded in Delft, the Netherlands (1654), a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips ended the Salem Witch Trials (1692), America’s first asylum for “Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds” opened in Virginia (1773), New York City hosted the nation’s first Columbus Day celebration (1792), the cornerstone was laid for Old East, the nation’s first state university building, on the campus of the University of North Carolina (1793), Jeanne Geneviève Labrosse became the first woman to make a parachute jump, from a hot-air balloon at a height of almost 3000 feet (1799), the citizens of Munich celebrated the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in the first Oktoberfest (1810), Scotland’s Charles Macintosh sold his first raincoat (1823), the British colonial government’s Criminal Tribes Act declared over 160 Indian communities ‘hereditary criminals’ (1871), the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited by public school students to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ landing (1892), President Theodore Roosevelt officially renamed the Executive Mansion the White House (1901), 453 people died as a forest fire devastated Cloquet and two other towns in Carlton County, Minnesota (1918), an iron lung respirator was used for the first time at Boston Children’s Hospital (1928), the Department of Justice took over the U.S. Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island (1933), Herman Wouk’s play The Caine Mutiny Court Martial opened in New York City (1953), Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev pounded his shoe on a desk at U.N. General Assembly meeting, on the same day Japanese television viewers witnessed the assassination of Socialist Party leader Inejiro Asanuma (1960), 46 people died as the Columbus Day Storm struck the Pacific Northwest (1962), Equatorial Guinea gained independence (1968), Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was published, on the same day Typhoon Tip yielded the lowest-ever non-tornadic pressure reading of 870 millibars (1979), former Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei was convicted of taking a $2 million bribe from Lockheed and sentenced to 4 years in jail (1983), five people were killed but Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped unharmed when Provisional IRA assassins detonated a bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England (1984), Queen Elizabeth II visited the People’s Republic of China (1986), 35 Indian commandos were killed when they tried to raid a Tamil Tigers base at Sri Lanka’s Jaffna University and heli-dropped into an ambush, on the same day 13 Communist Party students were killed by Indian National Congress activists at Birchandra Manu (1988), 510 people died as a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Cairo, Egypt (1992), NASA lost contact with the Magellan probe as it descended into the dense atmosphere of Venus (1994), Pervez Musharraf seized power in Pakistan in a bloodless coup d’état, on the same day Abkhazia declared independence from Georgia (1999), 17 crewmen were killed when suicide bombers struck the USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen (2000), 202 people were killed when Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists set off bombs at the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali (2002), China launched Shenzhou 6 carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit (2005), 51 people died when a cargo truck being used as a makeshift bus plunged off a 200 meter cliff into the Chaupimayo River in Peru (2013), and 124 people died when Category 4 Cyclone Hudhud struck India and Nepal (2014). And the God-King announced that the U.S. would withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (2017).
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