The Cairns Post - - VIEWS -

1663: Turks de­clare war against Holy

Ro­man Em­peror Leopold I. 1906: Earth­quake strikes San Fran­cisco; re­sult­ing fires dev­as­tate the city, leav­ing more than 1000 dead and 200,000 peo­ple home­less. 1909: 15th-cen­tury French hero­ine Joan of Arc is be­at­i­fied at a cer­e­mony at the Vat­i­can. 1934: The first laun­dro­mat, the Washete­ria, is opened at Fort Worth, Texas, by JF Cantrell. 1955: Ger­man-born physi­cist Al­bert Ein­stein (above) dies in Prince­ton, New Jersey, aged 76. 1962: West In­dies Fed­er­a­tion is

ter­mi­nated. 1980: For­mer Rhode­sia be­comes

in­de­pen­dent Zim­babwe. 1983: Sui­cide bomb at­tack kills 62 at the

US Em­bassy in Beirut. 2002: Afghanistan’s for­mer king, Mo­ham­mad Za­her Shah, re­turns to his coun­try af­ter 29 years in ex­ile.

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