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On This Day

  • Twenty-five years after her death, Joan of Arc was declared innocent of heresy in a posthumous retrial.
  • In New York City, four nights of rioting against abolitionists began, fueled by rumors that they were encouraging miscegenation.
  • Sinhalese army officer Henry Pedris was wrongly executed by British authorities for allegedly inciting race riots, hastening the Sri Lankan independence movement.
  • Troops from the former North Yemen captured Aden, ending the Yemeni civil war.
  • Suicide bombers killed 52 people in a series of four explosions on London's public transport system (emergency responders pictured).
  • More anniversaries:

Audio content relating to events that happened on this day in history, according to Wikipedia.

In the News

  • In association football, the Women's World Cup concludes with the United States defeating Japan in the final, and the Copa América concludes with Chile defeating Argentina in the final.
  • Nicholas Winton , dubbed the "British Schindler" for saving more than 600 children – the majority Jewish – from the Nazis, dies at the age of 106.
  • More than 140 people are killed when a Lockheed C-130 Hercules crashes into a residential area of Medan, Indonesia.
  • Hisham Barakat, Egypt's prosecutor general, is assassinated in a car bombing.
  • Ongoing events:
    • Greek debt crisis
  • Recent deaths:
    • Boyd K. Packer
    • Val Doonican

Audio content relating to news items featured on the front page of Wikipedia today.