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|1066||Westminster Abbey, the most famous church in England, opens its doors.|
|1574||On the orders of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, two Englishmen and an Irishman are burnt for heresy.|
|1610||Thomas West is appointed governor of Virginia.|
|1704||Indians attack Deerfield, Mass. killing 40 and kidnapping 100.|
|1847||Colonel Alexander Doniphan and his ragtag Missouri Mounted Volunteers ride to victory at the Battle of Sacramento, during the Mexican War.|
|1861||The territory of Colorado is established.|
|1900||After a 119-day siege by the Boers, the surrounded British troops in Ladysmith, South Africa, are relieved.|
|1863||Four Union gunboats destroy the CSS Nashville near Fort McAllister, Georgia.|
|1916||Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate.|
|1924||U.S. troops are sent to Honduras to protect American interests during an election conflict.|
|1936||The Japanese Army restores order in Tokyo and arrests officers involved in a coup.|
|1945||U.S. tanks break the natural defense line west of the Rhine and cross the Erft River.|
|1946||The U.S. Army declares that it will use V-2 rocket to test radar as an atomic rocket defense system.|
|1953||Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia sign a 5-year defense pact in Ankara.|
|1967||In Mississippi, 19 are indicted in the slayings of three civil rights workers.|
|1969||A Los Angeles court refuses Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan’s request to be executed.|
|1971||The male electorate in Lichtenstein refuses to give voting rights to women.|
|1994||U.S. warplanes shoot down four Serb aircraft over Bosnia in the first NATO use of force in the troubled area.|
But—with no disrespect meant to Captain Smolensk—that’s not even the best thing about this passport. That honor goes to a purple stamp on page 17, which reads “Haifa”— Israel’s main port. “British Palestine turned into Israel in 1948,” explains Topol. “To find nowadays a British Palestine passport with a stamp of Israel is pretty rare.” For practical reasons, Captain Smolensk was likely allowed to keep his British Palestinian passport for a year or so after the switch, allowing for this strange convergence.Read more stories of passports from defunct countries, including one with a picture of a dog, at Atlas Obscura.