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An earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea triggered a tsunami that devastated Naples and the Maritime Republic of Amalfi today (1343). Also, earthquakes killed 80,000 people in Şamaxı in what is now Azerbaijan (1667), at least 30,000 in Beirut and Damascus (1759), and uncounted numbers in Sumatra (1833), 300,000 people died when a cyclone drove a 40-foot storm surge into the Indian port of Coringa (1839), farmers affected by the Panic of 1873 formed the Greenback Party (1874), Prince Carl of Denmark became King Haakon VII of Norway (1905), 76 people died when tornadoes swept across the Midwest, including an F4 that destroyed Heber Springs, Arkansas (1926), Hollywood studios blacklisted the “Hollywood Ten,” on the same day New Zealand ratified the Statute of Westminster and gained legislative independence (1947), Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap opened in London and would become the longest continuously-running play in history (1952), Dominican anti-Trujillo activists Patria, Maria, and Antonia Miribal were murdered (1960), President John Kennedy was buried in Arlington National Cemetery (1963), Suriname gained independence (1975), Band Aid recorded “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief (1984), U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese announced that funds from secret weapons sales to Iran had been illegally diverted to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua, on the same day the King Fahd Causeway opened (1986), 1036 people died as Category 5 Typhoon Nina struck the Philippines (1987), the Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia approved the “Velvet Divorce,” dividing the country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia (1992), 26 people died as an ice storm swept the Midwest (1996), the United Nations marked the murders of the Miribal Sisters by designating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (1999), 26 people died when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Baku, Azerbaijan (2000), 15 people died when Cyclone Nisha struck Sri Lanka (2008), and 122 people died and 350 others disappeared as freak rains flooded Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during the Hajj pilgrimage (2009). And Pope Francis made his first official visit to Africa (2015).

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Yesterday on Campus

Campus QuestionWeird News: Dutch police charge man with money laundering after they find 350,000 euro … in his washing machine. Is someone maybe too literal?

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