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  • U.S.
    Sunday May 19, 1782

    George Washington

    Letter to General Moses Hazen

    U.S.
    Sunday May 19, 1782

    After the surrender at Yorktown a situation developed that threatened relations between the new American nation and Britain. Following a series of retributive executions between Patriots and Loyalists, Washington, on May 18, 1782, wrote in a letter to General Moses Hazen that a British Captain would be executed for the execution of Joshua Huddy a popular patriot leader among volunteers, who was hung at the direction of Loyalist Captain Lippincott. Washington wanted Lippincott himself to be executed but was declined.




  • Shimabara Peninsula of Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
    Tuesday May 21, 1782

    1792 Unzen earthquake and tsunami

    Two large earthquakes were followed by a collapse of the eastern flank of Mount Unzen's Mayuyama dome

    Shimabara Peninsula of Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
    Tuesday May 21, 1782

    On the night of 21 May, two large earthquakes were followed by a collapse of the eastern flank of Mount Unzen's Mayuyama dome, causing a landslide which swept through the city of Shimabara and into Ariake Bay, triggering a great tsunami.




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