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Plymouth became the first town incorporated by an act of the English Parliament today (1439). Also, Sebastian Viscaino arrived at and named San Diego, California (1602), the Allegheny Athletic Association paid William “Pudge” Heffelfinger $500 to play in a game against the rival Pittsburgh Athletic Club, making him the first professional football player (1892), a memorandum of understanding set the Durand Line as the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan (1893), Norwegians voted to retain their monarchy (1905), Austria became a republic (1918), Hugh Gray took the first known photograph of what he claimed was the Loch Ness Monster (1933), the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened (1936), the International Military Tribunal for the Far East sentenced former Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and seven other Japanese leaders to death for their roles in World War II (1948), climber Warren Harding led a team in the first assent of The Nose on Yosemite’s El Capitan (1958), Seymour Hersch published the first report of the My Lai Massacre (1969), at least 300,000 people died as the Bhola Cyclone swept into the Ganges Delta astride India and Bangladesh (1970), President Jimmy Carter halted oil imports from Iran in response to the takeover of the U.S. Embassy and seizure of hostages in Tehran (1979), Voyager I made its closest approach to Saturn (1980), Akihito became Japan’s 125th monarch, on the same day Tim Berners-Lee published his proposal for the World Wide Web (1990), Ramzi Yousef was convicted of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing (1997), 894 people died as a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Düzce, Turkey (1999), the Shanghai Transrapid set a new commercial railway speed record of 311mph (2003), Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigned (2011), the Philae lander from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (2014), and 43 people were killed when two suicide bombers attacked a Shia neighborhood in Beirut, Lebanon (2015). And 630 people died when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the northern border of Iraq and Iran (2017).


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