TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Muscat Daily - - OPINION -

1815

Napoleon Bon­a­parte sets sail for St He­lena, in the South At­lantic, to spend the re­main­der of his days in ex­ile.

1844

Brigham Young is cho­sen to lead the Mor­mons fol­low­ing the killing of Joseph Smith.

1876

Thomas A Edi­son re­ceives a patent for the mimeo­graph.

1911

Pres­i­dent William Howard Taft signs a mea­sure rais­ing the num­ber of US rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 391 to 433, ef­fec­tive with the next Congress.

1937

Dur­ing the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War, Ja­pan com­pletes its oc­cu­pa­tion of Bei­jing.

1942

Dur­ing World War II, six Nazi sabo­teurs cap­tured af­ter land­ing in the US are ex­e­cuted in Wash­ing­ton, DC; two others spared for co­op­er­at­ing with au­thor­i­ties.

1945

Pres­i­dent Harry S Tru­man signs the US in­stru­ment of rat­i­fi­ca­tion for the United Na­tions Char­ter. The Soviet Union de­clares war against Ja­pan dur­ing World War II.

1953

The United States and South Korea en­ter into a mu­tual se­cu­rity pact.

1963

Bri­tain’s ‘Great Train Rob­bery’ takes place as thieves make off with £2.6mn in ban­knotes.

1988

UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Javier Perez de Cuel­lar an­nounces a cease­fire be­tween Iran and Iraq.

1994

Is­rael and Jor­dan open the first road link be­tween the two once-war­ring coun­tries.

2005

Iran re­sumes work at a ura­nium con­ver­sion fa­cil­ity af­ter sus­pend­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for nine months to avoid UN sanc­tions.

1974 US Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon an­nounces his res­ig­na­tion, ef­fec­tive the next day, fol­low­ing dam­ag­ing new rev­e­la­tions in the Water­gate scan­dal

2008 The Sum­mer Olympic Games open in Bei­jing

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