Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Today in History: January 9

  • 1349 Jews in Basel Switzerland, believed to cause bubonic plague, rounded up and burned alive.
  • 1839 French daguerreotype process announced: first practical photography.
  • 1890 Czech writer Karel ńĆapek born. He coined the word "robot" in his play "R.U.R."
  • 1951 U.N. headquarters in New York City opens for business.
  • 1991 Soviets stormed Vilnius to stop Lithuanian independence.

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