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Merovingian King Dagobert II, rescued from obscurity by the mythtorical The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and The DaVinci Code, was murdered today (679). Also, James II fled England for France, having been deposed by William of Orange during the Glorious Revolution (1688), George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army (1783), Clement Clarke Moore’s A Visit from St. Nicholas was published anonymously (1823), Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel premiered (1893), Britain’s Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act allowed women to enter professions and civil service and serve on juries regardless of marital status (1919), India’s Visva-Bharati University was founded (1921), museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer found the first modern coelacanth among the catch of a South African fisherman (1938), J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray performed the first successful human kidney transplant (1954), the Tokyo Tower was dedicated (1958), the 82 sailors of the USS Pueblo were released after 11 months confinement in North Korea (1968), 10,000 people died as a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Managua, Nicaragua, on the same day the 16 survivors of the Andes Flight Disaster were rescued after a harrowing 73-day ordeal (1972), the EPA announced having found dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil at Times Beach, Missouri (1982), Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager landed the Voyager in California, having made the first non-stop flight around the world without refueling (1986), citizens of Slovenia overwhelmingly voted for independence (1990), 234 people died when PetroChina’s Chuandongbei natural gas field exploded (2003), Nepalese officials reached an agreement to abolish replace the monarchy with a federal republic (2007), torrential rains triggered floods that would inundate Queensland, Australia for the next four weeks (2010), and a cleaning worker was killed when a bomb exploded on an airliner at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey (2015). And the United Nations Security Council approved Resolution 2334, condemning Israeli settlements encroaching on Palestinian lands in the West Bank (2016).
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