Category Archive: World History

Oct 06

October 6, 1981: Anwar Sadat Assassinated

On this day in 1981, Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat was assassinated by a group of fundamentalist army officers. His murder sent shockwaves throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world.

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Sep 06

September 6, 1997: Princess Di Laid to Rest

On this day in 1997, the public funeral was held for Diana, Princess of Wales, in Westminster Abbey. The televised event is probably the most widely viewed funeral in world history.

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Sep 01

September 1, 1958: The Cod Wars Begin

On this day in 1958, the first intense dispute between Iceland and Great Britain over territorial waters began. The Cod Wars marked a period of intense hostility between the two nations, and had a few casualties.

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Aug 31

August 31, 1939: Nazis Stage Attack on Own Radio Station

On this day in 1939, German agents dressed in Polish uniforms staged an attack on a radio station in Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gilwice, Poland). This incident on the eve of World War II was designed to fuel tensions between the two countries and justify an invasion.

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Aug 23

August 23, 1944: Romania Switches Sides

On this day in 1944, Romania switched its alliance from the Axis Powers to the Allies. Some historians estimate that the change, thanks to a coup led by King Michael I, shortened World War II by at least six months.

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Aug 22

August 22, 1911: “Mona Lisa” Stolen

On this day in 1911, the “Mona Lisa” was reported stolen from the Louvre in Paris. The theft made Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece the most famous painting in the world.

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Aug 13

August 13, 1962: Vatican and Russian Orthodox Church Sign Metz Accord

On this day in 1962, the Vatican and Russian Orthodox Church signed the Metz Accord, in Metz, France. This secret agreement allowed for the Russian Church to send observers to the Second Vatican Council in exchange for the Catholic Church not condemning the Soviet Union’s atheistic communism.

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Aug 04

August 4, 2009: Bill Clinton Visits North Korea

On this day in history, former U.S. President Bill Clinton visited North Korea to negotiate the release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling. The two journalists had been held captive for the past five months for illegally entering North Korea from China.

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Jul 30

July 30, 1929: Capitoline Wolf Statue Dedicated in Rome, Georgia

On this day in 1929, the Capitoline Wolf statue was dedicated in the town of Rome, Georgia. This statue of Romulus and Remus suckling from a wolf may be the tackiest municipal statue in America for more reasons than one.

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Jul 19

July 19, 64: Rome Burns

On this day in 64 A.D., the Great Fire of Rome began, spreading quickly and continued for six days. How it started and how Roman Emperor Nero reacted have been the subject of debate for more than two thousand years.

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