Saturday, 20 August 2016

Todays History

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1917    A Byzantine counter-offensive is routed by Syeon at Anchialus, Bulgaria.
1619    The first group of twenty Africans is brought to Jamestown, Virginia.
1667    John Milton publishes Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve.
1741    Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering, commissioned by Peter the Great of Russia to find land               connecting Asia and North America, discovers America.
1794    American General "Mad Anthony" Wayne defeats the Ohio Indians at the Battle of Fallen                   Timbers in the Northwest territory, ending Indian resistance in the area.
1847    General Winfield Scott wins the Battle of Churubusco on his drive to Mexico City.
1904    Dublin's Abbey Theatre is founded, an outgrowth of the Irish Literary Theatre founded in                    1899 by William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory.
1908    The American Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to a warm welcome.
1913    700 feet above Buc, France, parachutist Adolphe Pegoud becomes the first person to jump                    from an airplane and land safely.
1914     Russia wins an early victory over Germany at Gumbinnen.
1940     After a previous machine gun attack failed, exiled Russian Leon Trotsky is assassinated in                  Mexico City, with an alpine ax to the back of the head.
1940     Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in              a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force:                        "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
1941      Adolf Hitler authorizes the development of the V-2 missile.
1944      United States and British forces close the pincers on German units in the Falaise-Argentan                    pocket in France.
1953       USSR publicly acknowledges it tested a hydrogen bomb eight days earlier.
1955       Hundreds killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.
1960       USSR recovers 2 dogs, Belka and Strelka, the first animals to be launched into orbit and                      returned alive (Sputnik 5).
1961       East Germany begins erecting a wall along western border to replace barbed wire put up                      Aug 13; US 1st Battle Group, 18th Infantry Division arrives in West Berlin.
1964       US President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act, an anti-poverty                  measure totaling nearly $1 billion, as part of his War on Poverty.

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