The first Arbor Day is celebrated, the Titanic sets sail, "The Great Gatsby" is published, Paul McCartney quits The Beatles, and the U.S. and China engage in "ping-pong diplomacy," all on this day.
1996: The strongest surface wind gust in the world at 253 mph, is measured on Barrow Island in Western Australia during Tropical Cyclone Olivia. The wind broke the previous record recorded in April 1934 at 231 mph on the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
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