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|1590||The Sultan of Morocco launches a successful attack to capture Timbuktu.|
|1644||The Ming Chongzhen emperor commits suicide by hanging himself.|
|1707||At the Battle of Almansa, Franco-Spanish forces defeat the Anglo-Portugese forces.|
|1719||Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe is published in London.|
|1792||The guillotine is first used to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier.|
|1859||Work begins on the Suez Canal in Egypt.|
|1862||Admiral David Farragut occupies New Orleans, Louisiana.|
|1864||After facing defeat in the Red River Campaign, Union General Nathaniel Bank returns to Alexandria, Louisiana.|
|1867||Tokyo is opened for foreign trade.|
|1882||French commander Henri Riviere seizes the citadel of Hanoi in Indochina.|
|1898||The United States declares war on Spain.|
|1925||General Paul von Hindenburg takes office as president of Germany.|
|1926||In Iran, Reza Khan is crowned Shah and chooses the name “Pahlavi.”|
|1926||Puccini’s opera Turandot premiers at La Scala in Milan with Arturo Toscanini conducting.|
|1938||A seeing eye dog is used for the first time.|
|1945||U.S. and Soviet forces meet at Torgau, Germany on Elbe River.|
|1951||After a three day fight against Chinese Communist Forces, the Gloucestershire Regiment is annihilated on “Gloucester Hill,” in Korea.|
|1953||The magazine Nature publishes an article by biologists Francis Crick and James Watson, describing the “double helix” of DNA.|
|1956||Elvis Presley‘s “Heartbreak Hotel” goes to number one on the charts.|
|1959||The St. Lawrence Seaway–linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes–opens to shipping.|
|1960||The first submerged circumnavigation of the Earth is completed by a Triton submarine.|
|1962||A U.S. Ranger spacecraft crash lands on the Moon.|
|1971||The country of Bangladesh is established.|
|1980||President Jimmy Carter tells the American people about the hostage rescue disaster in Iran.|
|1982||In accordance with the Camp David agreements, Israel completes a withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula.|
|1990||Violeta Barrios de Chamorro begins a six year term as Nicaragua’s president.|
"She struggled to sit up and showed no signs of crawling 'til very late on," Julian Austwick, Amber's father, told The Dodo. "A friend mentioned The Donkey Sanctuary to Tracy [Amber's mother] and told her the donkeys can give therapy to additional needs children, so we decided to try it."
It was Amber's first time meeting a therapy animal — and, as it happened, Amber was Shocks's first patient. And when he met Amber, the connection was instantaneous.
"It was fairly immediate to see they had a bond together, as they were both so gentle with each other," Austwick said. "Shocks would lower his head to her and would allow her to hold him around his neck. It was scary for us, as parents, as he was so big compared to little Amber, but they really seemed smitten!"
Finally, when Amber turned 3, she was old enough for another surgery to make it possible for her to talk — but it would take practice.
She still hadn't said a word when she went to visit Shocks one day in November 2013. After taking a ride with him and getting ready to leave the sanctuary to go home, she hugged the donkey and said, "I love you, Shocky."