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Celestine V resigned the papacy after five months to return to his life as an ascetic hermit today (1294). Also, Francis Drake left England to sail around the world (1577), Able Tasman reached New Zealand (1642), Eleazar Wheelock founded Dartmouth College (1769), Ephraim McDowell performed the first ovariotomy (1809), the Japanese capture of the then-capital of China began six weeks of atrocities known as the Rape of Nanjing (1937), the Knesset voted to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem (1949), Makarios III became the first President of Cyprus (1959), NASA launched Relay 1, the first active repeater satellite (1962), 29 people including the Evansville University basketball team and staff died in a plane crash (1977), PLO leader Yasser Arafat spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in Geneva after U.S. officials refused him entry (1988), the “Texas Seven” escaped from prison and began a five-week crime spree (2000), 12 people including the 5 terrorists were killed during an attack on the Parliament of India (2001), the European Union announced that 10 new nations including 8 from the former Soviet Bloc would join in 18 months (2002), and U.S. forces captured former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (2003). And 7 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on a Christmas Market in Liège, Belgium before killing himself (2011). And 56 people died in landslides on Java, Indonesia, on the last sequential month-day-year date until 1/2/34 (2014).
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