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|1539||Emperor Charles V reaches a truce with German Protestants at Frankfurt, Germany.|
|1689||Residents of Boston oust their governor, Edmond Andros.|
|1764||The English Parliament bans the American colonies from printing paper money.|
|1775||The American Revolution begins as fighting breaks out at Lexington, Massachusetts.|
|1782||The Netherlands recognizes the United States.|
|1794||Tadeusz Kosciuszko forces the Russians out of Warsaw.|
|1802||The Spanish reopen New Orleans port to American merchants.|
|1824||English poet Lord Byron dies of malaria at age 36 while aiding Greek independence.|
|1861||The Baltimore riots result in four Union soldiers and nine civilians killed.|
|1861||President Lincoln orders a blockade of Confederate ports.|
|1880||The Times war correspondent telephones a report of the Battle of Ahmed Khel, the first time news is sent from a field of battle in this manner.|
|1927||In China, Hankow communists declare war on Chiang Kai-shek.|
|1934||Shirley Temple appears in her first movie.|
|1938||General Francisco Franco declares victory in the Spanish Civil War.|
|1939||Connecticut finally approves the Bill of Rights.|
|1943||The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule begins.|
|1960||Baseball uniforms begin displaying player's names on their backs.|
|1971||Russia launches its first Salyut space station.|
|1977||Alex Haley receives a special Pulitzer Prize for his book Roots.|
|1982||NASA names Sally Ride to be the first woman astronaut.|
|1989||The battleship USS Iowa's number 2 turret explodes, killing sailors.|
|1993||The FBI ends a 51-day siege by storming the Branch Dividian religious cult headquarters in Waco, Texas.|
|1995||A truck bomb explodes in front of the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.|
Wen Hsu, 58, had lived on the seventh floor of the property scheduled for demolition to make way for a new shopping centre for 35 years and when developers managed to buy all the other flats in the building - he was left as the only resident.
As winter approached and it got colder Hsu was worried that the uninsulated water pipes running up through the unused and unheated flats below him would freeze, leaving him without running water. So in order to keep the temperature of the pipes above freezing he simply switched on the tap – and then diverted the warm water to flow down the side of the building.
Vincent Valvo, 19, was arrested for calling 9-1-1 twice to complain that he 'didn't like how his mom was talking to him.Not surprisingly, alcohol was involved: More
Police arrested Valvo outside his Vero Beach home at 4:30 a.m. after he made the second phone call. In both calls, Valvo complained about his mom.
"That's an excuse, but I don't take those excuses from anyone else. I set the bar high, because cell phones are a distraction and there is very serious business going on," he said. "The courtroom is a special place in the community, and it needs more respect than that. I tow a tough line, and I got to back it up this afternoon."
At the next recess, Voet held himself in contempt of court, fined himself $25, and stated on the record "If I cannot live by the rules that I enforce, then I have no business enforcing these rules."
“Animal inability to utilize light energy directly has been traditionally assumed,” write co-authors Goodman and Bercovich. They cite the avian pectin, a strange organ that “may help cope with energy and nutrient needs under extreme conditions, by a marginal but critical, melanin-initiated conversion of light to metabolic energy, coupled to local metabolite recycling. … Melanin and the pectin may have unexpected lessons also for human physiology and medicine.”
Frederick Cook almost certainly set foot in many places where previously no person had before—but the New York-born explorer is also seen as one of modern exploration’s most notorious fraudsters. He participated in three significant expeditions between 1891 and 1903, two of them into the Arctic and the latter a circumnavigation of Alaska’s Mount McKinley, also known as Denali. In 1906, he set forth on another McKinley outing, this time returning home to report that he had summited the 20,320-foot peak, which had never been climbed before. The claim stood the test of time for only three years, when the true story came spilling out: Cook had taken his summit photo on a tiny mountain 19 miles from McKinley’s peak.Suspicions about Cook's Mount McKinley climb escalated after his claim to have reached the North Pole in 1909 was disputed. But that's another story in the list. The nine stories at Smithsonian include swimming, racing, sailing, and several mountain summits. More
Thirty years ago, Dr. Gene Giggleman was a veterinarian who thought chiropractors were quacks. Since then, he says he's straightened out thousands of dogs and cats, not to mention the occasional snake, hamster, gerbil and guinea pig.Sue Manning of AP has the post: Here.
"And I know people who have adjusted pigs, goats and rodeo bulls," said Giggleman, a professor at Parker University in Dallas, which specializes in chiropractic care.
In Southern California, Dr. Rod Block has tended to an elephant, a paralyzed iguana, a turkey, pigs, llamas and countless dogs and horses.