A Historical Day

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(1812) Earthquake causes Mississippi River to flow backwards

1812 The last of four massive earthquakes that began the previous December strikes in what will be the state of Missouri with a force strong enough to spawn a fluvial tsunami, causing the mighty Mississippi River to run backwards for many hours..


(1935) Beloved board game Monopoly debuts

1935 Parker Brothers begins selling a board game centered on buying and selling property, with locale names based on the names of streets in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It will become one of history’s best-selling board games. .


(1964) British Invasion begins as Fab Four land in US

1964 British rock n’ rollers The Beatles land at New York’s Kennedy Airport, where fans welcome the quartet with a high-pitched hysteria that will become a hallmark of the ‘British Invasion.’.


(2009) Bushfires cause a Black Saturday in Australia

2009 An unrelenting heat wave, lightning, and arson contribute to a conflagration of bushfires near Melbourne, Australia, the worst in the continent’s recorded history. The fires will kill 173 and injure 414..

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