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On this day: Great auks by John Gerrard Keulemans



  • June 3: Feast day of Saint Charles Lwanga and the Uganda Martyrs(Catholicism, Anglicanism and Lutheranism); Queen's Official Birthday in New Zealand (2019); Western Australia Day (2019)
  • 1781 – American Revolutionary War: Jack Jouettmade a 40-mile (64 km) ride to warn Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of coming British cavalry who had been sent to capture them.

  • 1844 – The last known pair of great auks (specimens depicted), the only modern species in the genus Pinguinus, were killed on Eldey, off the coast of Iceland.

  • 1950 – Herzog and Lachenal of the French Annapurna expedition became the first climbers to reach the summit of an 8,000-metre peak.

  • 1969 – During a SEATO exercise HMAS Melbourne of the Royal Australian Navy collided with the U.S. Navy's USS Frank E. Evans, cutting the latter in two and killing 74 people.

  • 1982 – An assassination attempt on Shlomo Argov, the Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom, failed; this was later used as justification for the 1982 Lebanon War.


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