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July 09: This Day That Year

July 09

- 1401 - Turko-Mongol ruler Tamerlane (Timur) destroyed Baghdad, killed 20,000+ residents.

- 1815 - USA: 1st natural gas well was discovered.

- 1850 - Zachary Taylor, 12th US president (1849-50), dies in White House (born November 24, 1784, age 65).

- 1852 - Canada: Fire destroyed 1,100+ construction sites in Montreal.

- 1893 - US: Daniel Williams performed 1st successful open heart surgery without anesthesia (Provident hospital in Chicago).

- 1917 - British battleship HMS Vanguard exploded at Scapa Flow, 800+ people died.

- 1956 - Birthday: Tom Hanks born in Concord, California, USA.

- 1997 - Mike Tyson was banned from boxing for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a match.

- 2014 - Indonesia: Joko Widodo became President.

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