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Wednesday, December 07

2007The ''Hebei Spirit'' oil spill begins in South Korea after a crane barge being towed by a tug collides with the Very Large Crude Carrier, ''Hebei Spirit''.
2006A tornado strikes Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging about 150 properties.
2005Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of U.S. federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.
2003The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
1999The Recording Industry Association of America files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client alleging copyright infringement.
1995The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34.
1994Norfolk Southern ends its steam excursion program. This is the last time that Norfolk and Western 611 is under steam.
1993The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.
1988Spitak Earthquake: In Armenia an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale kills nearly 25,000, injures 15,000 and leaves 400,000 homeless.
1988Yasser Arafat recognizes the right of Israel to exist.
 
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Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

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Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

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