Thursday, September 1, 2011

This Day in History: September 1

-King Louis XIV dies after a 72-year reign, the longest of any European monarch, 1715

-Narcissa Whitman, one of the first English-speaking white women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains, arrives at Walla Walla, Washington, 1836

-The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America, 1897

-The Great Kanto earthquake hits Tokyo and Yokohama (Japan) killing about 105,000 people, 1920

-A Libyan revolution brings Muammar al-Gaddafi to power which is transferred to the People's Committees, 1969

-The American Space probe Pioneer 11 becomes the first space craft to visit Saturn when it passes the planet at a distance of 21,000 km, 1979

-Holiday: Knowledge Day (Russia); Revolution Day (Libya); Teacher's Day (Singapore; Disaster Prevention Day (Japan)

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