TODAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 1859: French acro­bat Charles Blondin walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Ni­a­gara Falls as thou­sands of spec­ta­tors watched.

In 1908: the Tun­guska Event took place in Rus­sia as an as­ter­oid ex­ploded above Siberia, leav­ing 800 square miles of scorched or blown- down trees.

In 1912: Canada’s dead­li­est tor­nado on record oc­curred as a cy­clone struck Regina, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of Saskatchewan, killing 28 peo­ple.

In 1921: Pres­i­dent Warren G. Hard­ing nom­i­nated for­mer Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Howard Taft to be chief jus­tice of the United States, suc­ceed­ing the late Ed­ward Dou­glass White.

In 1933: the Screen Ac­tors Guild was es­tab­lished.

In 1934: Adolf Hitler launched his “blood purge” of po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary ri­vals in Ger­many in what came to be known as “The Night of the Long Knives.”

In 1963: Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Ro­man Catholic Church.

In 1972: for the first time, a leapsec­ond was added to Co­or­di­nated Universal Time to ac­count for the slow­ing ro­ta­tion of the Earth.

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