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Today in History

On this day in 1963, an entirely new island, formed by the eruption of an underwater volcano, appeared about eight kilometers off Iceland's southern coast and is named Surtsey. 
On this day in 1975, the world's tallest Buddha (132 feet) was dedicated at Fukuangshan in southern Taiwan. 
On this day in 1988, Chien Yi, daughter of Chien Moo, a noted scholar of Chinese national classics, arrived in Taipei, becoming the first from mainland China to visit Taiwan in nearly 40 years.