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Update (July 2015)

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On This Day

  • According to tradition, Emperor Jimmu founded Japan and established his capital in Yamato.
  • Swaminarayan wrote the Shikshapatri, a book of 212 verses that serves as the basis of Swaminarayan Hinduism.
  • Fourteen-year-old peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous reported the first of eighteen Marian apparitions in Lourdes, France, resulting in the town becoming a major site for pilgrimages by Catholics.
  • To help settle the "Roman Question", Italy and the Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church signed the Lateran Treaty to establish Vatican City as an independent sovereign enclave within Italy.
  • The Pahlavi dynasty of Iran effectively collapsed when the military declared itself "neutral" after rebel troops overwhelmed forces loyal to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in armed street fighting.
  • Anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela , a political prisoner for 27 years, was released from Victor Verster Prison near Paarl, South Africa.
  • More anniversaries:

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

In the News

  • Ten people are killed in a head-on collision between two passenger trains near Bad Aibling, Germany.
  • In American football, the Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers to win Super Bowl 50 (MVP Von Miller pictured).
  • A 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Taiwan, killing more than fifty people.
  • Daallo Airlines Flight 159 makes a successful emergency landing after an explosion on board kills one person and injures two.
  • The rapid spread of Zika fever in Latin America leads to the World Health Organization issuing a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
  • Ongoing events:
    • European migrant crisis
  • Recent deaths:

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