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Today in History

Today in History: August 20

Sunday 20/August/2017 - 12:26 AM
Sada El Balad
Today is Sunday، Aug. 20، the 231st day of 2017. There are 134 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

2015 - Bombings in Egypt targeting government buildings in the Capital Cairo and Giza، it was later claimed by ISIS.

On this date: 

1741 - Danish explorer Vitus Bering، on a mission sponsored by Russia، discovers Alaska.
1915 - Italy declares war on Turkey.
1922 - The first Women’s Olympic Games are held in Paris.

1940 - Exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is attacked in Mexico. He dies the next day.
1942 - A team of chemists led by American Glenn T. Seaborg isolates a visible amount of plutonium for the first time.
1955 - Hundreds of people are killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.
1962 - The NS Savannah، the world’s first nuclear-powered civilian ship، embarks on its maiden voyage.
1971 - Heavy rains flood the Red River delta in Vietnam، killing at least 100،000 people.
1974 - US President Gerald Ford، assumes office after Richard Nixon’s resignation.
1977 - Nasa launches the Voyager Two space probe.
1979 - Indian Prime Minister Charan Singh resigns after just 24 days in power.
1985 - Sikh political leader Harchand Singh Longowal is assassinated in Punjab.
1988 - A UN brokered ceasefire in the nearly eight-year-old Gulf war begins in Iran and Iraq.
1989 - The pleasure boat Marchioness sinks on the River Thames following a collision، killing 51 people.
1991 - The Republic of Estonia declares independence from the Soviet Union.
1993 - Russia’s information minister Mikhail Fedotov resigns over new press law.
1995 - At least 300 people are killed when a passenger express ram into a stationary train near the Ferozabad railway station in northern India.
1998 - US forces attack alleged terrorist camps in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan.
2006 - Iran test-fires ten surface-to-surface short-range missiles.
2008 - A Spanish jetliner crashes during takeoff at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport، killing 154.
2015 - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigns.
2016 - Usain Bolt completes unprecedented ‘triple triple’ as Jamaica win gold in men’s 4x100-metre relay.


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