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August 30, 1909

Burgess Shale Fossils Discovered

On this day in 1909, one of the most important discoveries in the history of palaeontology was made: the Burgess Shale in British Columbia, Canada. Charles Doolittle Walcott was born in New York Mills, New York, on 31 March 1850. As a child he was very interested in nature and started collectin...

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August 30, 1363

Largest Naval Battle Occurs

On this day in 1363, the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders, Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang, were pitted against each other in what was one of history's largest naval battles: the Battle of Lake Poyang. It was one of the final battles fought in the fall of China's Yuan Dynasty, and determined whic...

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