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Today's selected anniversaries:
French Revolution: One day after the National Convention voted to
abolish the monarchy, the French First Republic came into being.
World War I: German naval forces bombarded Papeete in French Polynesia.
After nine days, the Great Fire of Smyrna was extinguished, having
caused tens of thousands of deaths.
The U.S. Congress authorized President John F. Kennedy's executive
order to establish the Peace Corps .
The Nordhordland Bridge, which crosses Salhusfjorden between
Klauvaneset and Flatøy in Hordaland, and is the second-longest bridge
in Norway, was officially opened.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A high point of land extending into a body of water, a headland; a
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I have far more confidence in the one man who works mentally and bodily
at a matter than in the six who merely talk about it … Nature is our
kindest friend and best critic in experimental science if we only allow
her intimations to fall unbiased on our minds. Nothing is so good as an
experiment which, whilst it sets an error right, gives us (as a reward
for our humility in being reproved) an absolute advancement in
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