Salem Witch Trials, Iraq's Invasion of Iran and the Indo-Pakistani War Ends

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  • 1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft (8) in the US, 20 hanged overall during Salem Witch Trials
  • 1792 French First Republic formed by the National Convention, stripping the French king of his powers
  • 1862 US President Abraham Lincoln says he will free slaves in all states on Jan 1
  • 1965 India and Pakistan cease-fire goes into effect, ending the Indo-Pakistani War
  • 1980 Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway
  • 2011 CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light
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  • 1920 Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series
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Robert Walpole becomes the first British "Prime Minister" (actually First Lord of the Treasury) to live at 10 Downing Street

On this day in 1735


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Benjamin Franklin publishes a hoax letter "An Edict by the King of Prussia" in the Public Advertiser, criticising Britain's colonial policies in the American colonies

On this day in 1773

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  • 2000 Actress Patsy Kensit (32) divorces Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (28) due to unreasonable behaviour after 3 years of marriage
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