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On This Day

  • Arab–Byzantine wars: The forces of the Abbasid Caliphate defeated Byzantine Empire troops, led by Emperor Theophilos himself, at the Battle of Anzen near present-day Dazman, Turkey.
  • American Civil War: Confederate forces unsuccessfully attacked Union troops at the Battle of Atlanta.
  • Wiley Post became the first pilot to fly solo around the world, landing after a seven-day, nineteen-hour flight at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York City.
  • Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escaped from his luxurious private prison and spent the next 17 months on the run.
  • Two sequential terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya claimed the lives of 77 people in the deadliest attack in Norway since World War II.

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

In the News

  • Militants attack a checkpoint in Egypt's western desert region, killing 22 soldiers.
  • In golf, Rory McIlroy wins the Open Championship.
  • The Cook Islands Party retains its majority in the Cook Islands general election.
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (aircraft pictured), en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, is shot down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
  • Israel launches a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
  • Militants attack two checkpoints in the Chaambi Mountains, Tunisia, killing fourteen soldiers.
  • Typhoon Rammasun causes at least 94 deaths in the Philippines and at least 18 in China.
  • The BRICS summit is held in Brazil.

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