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The 1880 Greenback National Convention met from June 9 to 11 in Chicago to select candidates and write a platform for the Greenback Party in the presidential election. Delegates chose James B. Weaver (pictured) of Iowa for President and Barzillai J. Chambers of Texas for Vice President. The Greenback Party was a response to government policy tightening the money supply and returning to the gold standard. Many felt that issuance of "greenbacks" would improve economic conditions. Weaver, the favorite for the presidential nomination, won on the first ballot; Chambers, one of his defeated rivals, was his running mate. More tumultuous was the fight over the platform, as delegates from disparate factions of the left-wing movement clashed over women's suffrage and Chinese immigration. In the presidential election, the party received only about three percent of the vote, as Republican congressman James A. Garfield of Ohio triumphed. (This article is part of a featured topic: 1880 United States presidential election.)
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- Wildfires in Canada cause evacuations and hazardous air conditions across parts of North America (New York City pictured).
- In Ukraine, the Kakhovka Dam is breached, causing flooding and prompting mass evacuations.
- Flooding across Haiti leaves at least 51 people dead and 11 others missing.
- At least 275 people are killed and over 1,175 others injured in a three-train collision in Balasore, India.
- At least 16 people are killed during anti-government protests in Senegal.
- In cricket, the Indian Premier League concludes with the Chennai Super Kings defeating the Gujarat Titans in the final.
On this day
- 747 – Abu Muslim initiated an open revolt against Umayyad rule, eventually leading to the establishment of the Abbasid Caliphate under the Black Standard.
- 1863 – American Civil War: Union and Confederate forces fought the Battle of Brandy Station, the largest cavalry engagement to take place on American soil.
- 1928 – Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew landed the Southern Cross in Brisbane, completing the first transpacific flight.
- 1973 – The racehorse Secretariat, of Meadow Stables (racing colors pictured), won the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths, achieving the first American Triple Crown victory in a quarter of a century.
- 1982 – Lebanon War: The Israeli Air Force carried out Operation Mole Cricket 19, successfully suppressing Syrian air defenses in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon.
- Claudia Octavia (d. AD 62)
- Princess Helena of the United Kingdom (d. 1923)
- Michael J. Fox (b. 1961)
- Wolfdietrich Schnurre (d. 1989)
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The Laureus Spirit of Sport Award is an award honouring "those individual athletes or teams who, through their remarkable success, their refusal to accept defeat or their unquestionable contribution to the enjoyment of the game". It was first awarded in 2005 as one of the discretionary awards presented during the Laureus World Sports Awards. Although the Laureus Awards ceremony is held annually, the Spirit of Sport Award is not necessarily presented each year; it is one of a number of discretionary awards that can be given by the Laureus World Sports Academy. The inaugural winner of the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award, in 2005, was the Boston Red Sox, an American baseball team that won their first World Series for 86 years in the 2004 Major League Baseball season. Five teams and five individuals have received the award. The most recent recipient of the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award was the American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn (pictured) in 2019. (Full list...)
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Girvan Yuddha Bikram Shah (1797–1816) was the fourth king of Nepal, ruling from 1799 to 1816. This drawing of the king was produced by an unknown artist around 1815 with opaque watercolor and gold on paper, and is now in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Illustration credit: unknown; restored by Captain Medusa
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