The 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack was the food poisoning of more
than 750 individuals in The Dalles, Oregon, United States through the
deliberate contamination of salad bars at ten local restaurants with
salmonella. A leading group of followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (now
known as Osho) had hoped to incapacitate the voting population of the
city so that their own candidates would win the 1984 Wasco County
elections. The incident was the first bioterrorism attack in the United
States, and the single largest bioterrorist attack in United States
history. The attack is one of only two confirmed terrorist uses of
biological weapons to harm humans. Having previously gained political
control of Antelope, Oregon, Rajneesh's followers based in nearby
Rajneeshpuram sought election to two of the three seats on the Wasco
County Circuit Court which were up for election in November 1984.
Fearing they would not gain enough votes, Rajneeshpuram officials
decided to incapacitate voters in The Dalles, the largest population
center in Wasco County.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
At the Battle of St. George's Caye, a small force of British settlers
called Baymen defeated an invading force from Mexico who were
attempting to claim what is now Belize for Spain.
A peaceful labor demonstration made up of mostly Polish and Slovak
anthracite coal miners in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA, was fired
upon by a sheriff's posse comitatus in the Lattimer Massacre.
In an act of "propaganda of the deed", Italian anarchist Luigi Lucheni
fatally stabbed Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mike the Headless Chicken was decapitated in a farm in Colorado; he
survived another 18 months as part of sideshows before choking to death
in Phoenix, Arizona.
Hamida Djandoubi became the last person to be guillotined in France,
the official method of execution in that country. France would later
abolish the death penalty in 1981.
Pope John Paul II consecrated the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in
Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire, one of the largest churches in the world.
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