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Thursday, October 9 2014

The Christian Feast Of Tabernacles In History and Prophecy

"Now about the midst of the Feast, Jesus went up into the Temple, and taught ... Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a Truth this is the Prophet"

A vital fact for the genuine understanding of the Holy Bible is that "the LORD God" of the so-called "Old Testament" was and is Jesus Christ (see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God; also The Forerunner Of Man and Of God). The Holy Scriptures plainly and authoritatively state "that Rock was Christ."

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"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness [see Why 40 Years In The Sinai?].

10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners].

10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." (1 Corinthians 10:1-12 KJV)

The one and only true weekly Sabbath had long-before been created, also by Jesus Christ (see When Is The LORD's Day? and Why Observe The True Sabbath?). After the Exodus, the LORD then commanded His annual Sabbaths - created by Jesus Christ as living prophecies of the ongoing process of salvation.

Passover is the most-familiar to many people, but there are others, created by Christ, for Christianity (see the Calendar of Christ's Holy Days; also The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week). Among them is the autumn Feast of Tabernacles, seven days long, plus an eighth day (see The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries), in which the first and eighth days are annual Sabbaths.

"23:33 And the LORD spake unto Moses [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses], saying,

23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.

A Tabernacle 23:35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.

23:37 These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: 23:38 Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD." (Leviticus 23:33-38 KJV)

The LORD proclaimed that the Feast of Tabernacles was to be a joyful observance, at the time of the autumn harvest (hence the reason that it is also called the Feast of Ingathering e.g. Exodus 34:22 KJV; see The Harvest Prophecies), during which the people were to live their lives in temporary "booths," or "tabernacles" (see the Fact Finder question below), made from "the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook."

"23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

23:40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.

23:41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

23:42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 23:43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

23:44 And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD." (Leviticus 23:39-44 KJV)

"Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the Feast which was in the seventh month"

Despite Israel's persistent lapses in obedience to the LORD, the Christian-prophetic Feast of Tabernacles was observed throughout Israelite history. The Temple in Jerusalem was dedicated by King Solomon during the Feast of Tabernacles i.e. "in the feast which was in the seventh month."

"5:1 Thus all the work that Solomon [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Solomon] made for the house of the LORD was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated [see David's Altar]; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God. 5:2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD [see also Turning The Tables] out of the city of David, which is Zion [see A History Of Jerusalem: The City Of David]. 5:3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month.

Jerusalem In The Time Of Solomon 5:4 And all the elders of Israel came [see What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?]; and the Levites took up the ark [see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood]. 5:5 And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle [see also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today], these did the priests and the Levites bring up. 5:6 Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

5:7 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the oracle of the house [see Oracles], into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims: 5:8 For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above. 5:9 And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day. 5:10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt." (2 Chronicles 5:1-10 KJV)

After Solomon died, Israel divided into "Israel" and "Judah" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah). Israel was removed to Assyria when they made themselves grossly corrupt; they never returned (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes). Judah did return, from their seventy-year exile to Babylon, in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah) when they rebuilt Jerusalem and the Temple. At that time, "they kept also the Feast of Tabernacles."

"3:1 And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem. 3:2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God. 3:3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt offerings morning and evening. 3:4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required; 3:5 And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the LORD that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill offering unto the LORD. 3:6 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not yet laid." (Ezra 3:1-6 KJV)

"Judaism" was born after the return of the people of Judah from their Babylonian exile (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?). But in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, they still observed the Feast of Tabernacles as the LORD actually commanded them to observe it.

Rebulding The Walls Of Jerusalem

"7:73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities." (Nehemiah 7:73 KJV)

"8:1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.

8:2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. 8:3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.

8:4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.

8:5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: 8:6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground." (Nehemiah 8:1-6 KJV)

The people of Judah at that time observed the Feast of Tabernacles "as it is written." Over the next few centuries however, they changed the Feast of Tabernacles, as they observe it, into a festival of Judaism, rather than the Festival of the LORD, as the LORD originally commanded it. The result, as we will read, was that when the LORD was born as a man among them, they rejected Him - because they rejected what He originally commanded them to do, not only for the Holy Days, but many other things as well.

"8:13 And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law. 8:14 And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month: 8:15 And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written.

8:16 So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim. 8:17 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.

8:18 Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner." (Nehemiah 8:13-18 KJV)

"In the last day, that great day of the Feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me"

The Messiah was born as a Jew, of the royal line of David. He nevertheless spoke and taught what He, as the LORD God, originally gave to Israel. By that time, their own "traditions" had superseded that pure Truth however, for which the LORD rebuked them e.g. "15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" (Matthew 15:3 KJV). The result was that they "sought to kill him."

"7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. 7:2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. 7:3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 7:4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, show thyself to the world. 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. 7:6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

7:8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come. 7:9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee." (John 7:1-9 KJV)

Due to the threats made against Him, the Messiah waited and then "also up unto the feast, not openly."

The Western Wall

"7:10 But when his brethren were gone up [see also The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth], then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 7:11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?

7:12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. 7:13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews." (John 7:10-13 KJV)

When the crowds had grown, "Jesus went up into the temple, and taught." The Messiah never rejected the Feast of Tabernacles that He created.

"7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 7:18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

7:20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?

7:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel. 7:22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man. 7:23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day? 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." (John 7:14-24 KJV)

The Messiah's teaching during the Feast of Tabernacles included a prophecy about His Sacrifice, but the self-absorbed religious authorities failed to understand that too,

"7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 7:26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.

7:28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. 7:29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.

7:30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 7:31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?

7:32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.

7:33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. 7:34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? 7:36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?" (John 7:25-36 KJV)

The Messiah's lesson on the Eighth Day (see The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?) included a prophecy about how the Holy Spirit, as we will read further below, will cure the carnal minds of the world so that they can see the Truth clearly, again (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The New Covenant).

The Pool of Siloam

"7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet [see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets].

7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him. 7:44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him." John 7:37-44 KJV)

Among the religious authorities were some who repented and came to the Truth. Among them was the Pharisee Nicodemus who the Messiah had given the famous "born again" teaching (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).

"7:45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees [see also The Passed Over Pharisees]; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?

7:46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.

7:47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? 7:48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? 7:49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.

7:50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) 7:51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?

7:52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. 7:53 And every man went unto his own house." (John 7:45-53 KJV)

"That Rock was Christ"

Many regard the Feast of Tabernacles, as well as the other Biblical Holy Days, and even the weekly Sabbath, as "Jewish." But they were created by Jesus Christ, before Israelites or Jews even existed (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews). They have always been "Christian." The Messiah created His Holy Days for all of humanity. When He returns to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth, everyone is going to observe the true Sabbaths of the LORD, weekly and annual. Before that happens however, the LORD will remove the "Babylon" of religious confusion that exists in the world (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?).

Earth

"14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations [see What Is The Day Of The LORD? and The Coming World Dictator], as when he fought in the day of battle. 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

14:6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: 14:7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one." (Zechariah 14:3-9 KJV)

Lawless and rebellious humanity is going to learn true peace and true freedom. Some will learn their lessons the hard way, but the wrath of the LORD is the means by which they will see the Truth - and the true LORD. At that time, everyone on Earth, not just the Church of God who have been observing it through the centuries, will "keep the Feast of Tabernacles."

"14:12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. 14:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. 14:14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. 14:15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.

14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 14:17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 14:18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 14:19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

14:20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD's house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 14:21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts." (Zechariah 14:12-21 KJV)

It is during that time that the famous "they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" will be fulfilled - and celebrated, at the LORD's Feast of Tabernacles.

"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it [see The Church In The Kingdom Of God].

4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it." (Micah 4:1-4 KJV)

Fact Finder: According to the Word of God, how is the human body a "tabernacle"?
See Where Is Your Tabernacle? and The Harvest Prophecies


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This Day In History, October 9

768: Carloman I and his older brother Charlemagne were crowned Kings of The Franks - a Germanic (ancestors of the present day German, Dutch and Flemish people) tribe that controlled much of Europe. The present-day German name for France is Frankreich, meaning empire of the Franks, while the present-day name "France" itself is derived from the Latin term Francia - which was merely a translation of the Germanic term. Germany became the Roman Empire; it was Charles V, the Emperor of the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation," who condemned Martin Luther as a heretic and an outlaw (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Leif Ericson 1000: The approximate date that Norse explorer Leif Ericson discovered "Vineland," located somewhere along the east coast of North America around modern-day Newfoundland. Ericson's arrival happened about 500 years before another European, Christopher Columbus, "discovered America" - in his case merely the islands of the Caribbean Sea, not anywhere in continental North America (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1238: James I of Aragon conquered Valencia and founded the Kingdom of Valencia.

1264: The Kingdom of Castile conquered the city of Jerez. The city had been under Muslim occupation since 711.

1470: Henry VI of England was restored to the throne.

1514: The marriage of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor.

1635: Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts colony for advocating religious freedom through the separation of church and state (it didn't take long for the people of the "New World" to begin behaving like the people of the "Old World" who were supposedly persecuting them). He founded Providence, Rhode Island a year later (for the actual Biblical meaning of "pilgrims," see The Pilgrims).

1701: The Collegiate School of Connecticut was founded by the English pioneers in New England. In 1718, it was renamed Yale College after British East India Governor Elihu Yale.

1776: Spanish missionaries established a colony in California that they named San Francisco.

1799: The British frigate HMS Lutine sank off the Dutch coast. The ship's bell was later salvaged and mounted in the insurance underwriter's room of Lloyd's of London. From then to now the bell is tolled on receipt of important news such as a ship sinking.

1820: A proclamation rejoining Cape Breton to Nova Scotia was issued. Cape Breton became part of the colony of Nova Scotia in 1763 but it remained largely undeveloped until 1784 when it became a separate colony for Loyalist refugees from the New England colonial rebellion. Successive waves of Scottish immigrants and the return of the Acadians were followed by the reuniting of the two colonies.

1854: During the Crimean War, the siege of Sebastopol begins.

1870: Rome was incorporated into Italy by royal decree.

1890: Clement Ader of France made the first heavier-than-air machine flight, 13 years before the Wright brothers. Ader used a steam engine with his first-in-the-world flight, while the Wright brothers had a gasoline engine for their first-in-the-U.S. flight.

The First Flight

1934: Alexander I, king of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes 1921-1929, and Yugoslavia 1929-1934 after he changed the name of the country to Yugoslavia, was assassinated by a Croatian terrorist in Marseilles along with French foreign minister Louis Barthou, while negotiating an alliance.

1967: Ernesto ("Che") Guevara, Argentine-born doctor, leftist revolutionary, was executed by Bolivian troops after his capture the day before while he was attempting to start a revolution there.

1983: 17 South Korean officials, 4 of them cabinet ministers including foreign minister Lee Bum-Suk, were assassinated in a bomb blast while visiting Rangoon, Burma. Three officials of the North Korean military, who slipped into the country before the bombing were later charged with the murders.

1989: An official Soviet Union TASS news agency report stated that a UFO landed in Voronezh, Russia.

1992: A 13 kilogram fragment of a meteorite that entered the Earth's atmosphere struck and destroyed an unoccupied 1980 Chevrolet Malibu that was parked in a driveway in Peekskill, New York.

2006: North Korea reportedly tested its first nuclear bomb.





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