TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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1656

Dutch painter Rem­brandt van Rijn de­clares he is in­sol­vent.

1775

US Con­ti­nen­tal Congress cre­ates United States Post Of­fice (USPO) in Philadel­phia un­der Ben­jamin Franklin.

1788

New York be­comes the 11th state to rat­ify US con­sti­tu­tion.

1847

The Liberian Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence is signed mak­ing Liberia a sovereign na­tion, in­de­pen­dent from the Amer­i­can Coloni­sa­tion So­ci­ety.

1881

French marines oc­cupy Tu­nisian har­bour city Sfax.

1914

Ir­ish Vol­un­teers un­load a ship­ment of 1,500 ri­fles and 45,000 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion that ar­rive from Ger­many aboard Ersk­ine Childers’ yacht the As­gard; Bri­tish troops fire on jeer­ing crowd on Bach­e­lors Walk, Dublin, killing three cit­i­zens.

1926

The Philip­pines gov­ern­ment asks USA for a plebiscite on in­de­pen­dence.

1936

The Axis Pow­ers de­cide to in­ter­vene in the Span­ish Civil War.

1945

Win­ston Churchill re­signs as Bri­tain’s Prime Min­is­ter af­ter elec­tion de­feat.

1945

Physi­cist Rae­mer Schreiber and Lieu­tenant Colonel Peer de Silva de­part Kirt­land Army Air Field to trans­port the plu­to­nium core for the Fat Man bomb (which was dropped on Na­gasaki) to the is­land of Tinian where the bomb is as­sem­bled.

1947

US Pres­i­dent Tru­man signs Na­tional Se­cu­rity Act (1947), es­tab­lish­ing Depart­ment of De­fence, CIA, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1951

The Nether­lands ends by leg­is­la­tion the state of war with Ger­many.

1956

Egypt seizes the Suez Canal.

1957

The USSR launches first in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal mul­ti­stage bal­lis­tic mis­sile.

1962

Maria Oel­janov,

the first air­ship with nu­clear mis­siles, ar­rives in Cuba.

1963

Skopje, Yu­goslavia, de­stroyed by earth­quake, over 1,000 killed.

1964

Train from Povoa de Varzin, Por­tu­gal de­rails near Oporto, 94 die.

1965

Repub­lic of Mal­dives gains in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain (Na­tional Day).

1969

Sharon Sites Adams (39) be­comes first lady to solo sail the Pa­cific.

1977

The Soviet Union per­forms un­der­ground nu­clear Test.

1992

Bri­tain hon­ours her dead in the Falk­lands War.

1993

Mars Ob­server takes first photo of the Red Planet, from 5bn kilo­me­tre.

1994

Turk­ish air force bombs Kurds, strug­gle in Iraq, killing 70.

2005

Samir Geagea, the Le­banese Forces (LF) leader, is re­leased af­ter spend­ing 11 years in a soli­tary con­fine­ment. His re­lease comes af­ter the end of the Syr­ian oc­cu­pa­tion to Le­banon.

2012

In­sur­gent at­tack kills 19 peo­ple and de­stroys a heli­copter at Baqubah, Iraq.

2012

North Korea is hit by Trop­i­cal Storm Kha­nun, killing 88 peo­ple and leav­ing 60,000 peo­ple home­less.

2014

The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment sus­pends the op­er­a­tions of a Shang­hai meat dealer and makes ar­rests af­ter the com­pany sold out-of-date meat to fast food chains.

2013 Fifty-seven peo­ple are killed in a mar­ket bomb­ing in Parachi­nar, Pak­istan. This AFP file photo shows peo­ple at the blast site af­ter the ex­plo­sion

1953 Fidel Castro be­gins re­bel­lion, the ‘26th of July Move­ment’, against Ful­genico Batista’s regime in Cuba

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