To­day in his­tory

The Mercury - - OPINION -

1821: Gu­atemala be­comes in­de­pen­dent from Spain. 1830: Bri­tish states­man Wil­liam Huskisson is fa­tally in­jured at the open­ing of the Liver­pool and Manch­ester Rail­way in the first train ac­ci­dent. 1939: Nurem­berg laws are passed, mak­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion against Jews part of Ger­many’s na­tional pol­icy. 1993: Hi­jack­ers bran­dish­ing grenades force a Rus­sian jet with 52 peo­ple aboard to land in Nor­way. 1995: Tanks, how­itzers and other heavy weaponry roll away from Sara­jevo as Bos­nian Serbs be­gin com­ply­ing with a US-bro­kered agree­ment to ease the shat­tered city’s siege. 2000: Mex­i­cans are free to toast their in­de­pen­dence from Spain for the first time in 70 years. The sale of al­co­hol at pa­tri­otic events had been banned when President Pas­cual Or­tiz was wounded in an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt in 1930. 2010: A mor­tar at­tack by Pales­tinian mil­i­tants and airstrikes by Is­rael form the grim back­drop as Mid­dle East lead­ers end their round of peace talks still di­vided on ma­jor is­sues.

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