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On This Day

  • Peninsular War: At the Battle of San Marcial, the Spanish Army of Galicia under Manuel Alberto Freire turned back Nicolas Soult's last major offensive against Arthur Wellesley's allied army.
  • Abdul Hamid II became Sultan of the Ottoman Empire when his brother Murad V was deposed.
  • In an effort to stay out of the growing European conflict, the United States passed the first of its Neutrality Acts.
  • The Liberal Party of Australia, one of the two major Australian political parties, was founded to replace the United Australia Party.
  • The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy, a large, wide-bodied cargo aircraft used for ferrying outsized cargo components, made its first flight.
  • More anniversaries:

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In the News

  • Flash floods and mudslides caused by Tropical Storm Erika (satellite image pictured) kill at least 20┬ápeople across Dominica in the Lesser Antilles.
  • Wildfires across the U.S. state of Washington, including the Okanogan Complex fire, destroy more than 200 homes and burn 920 square miles (2,400┬ákm2).
  • The ancient Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra is destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
  • At least 11 people are killed when a Hawker Hunter crashes onto a busy road during an airshow in Shoreham-by-Sea, UK.
  • A bomb explosion in Bangkok, Thailand, kills 20 people and injures more than 120 others.
  • Ongoing events:
    • European migrant crisis
  • Recent deaths:

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