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On This Day

  • The Siege of Damascus ended in a decisive crusader defeat, leading to the disintegration of the Second Crusade.
  • The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, commemorating those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, was formally inaugurated.
  • Korean War: U.S. Army 7th Cavalry Regiment troops concluded four days of shootings of civilians, sparked by fears that columns of refugees might contain North Korean spies.
  • A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watched the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London.
  • An overloaded passenger ferry capsized on the Kasai River in Bandundu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in at least 80 deaths.
  • More anniversaries:

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In the News

  • Scientist and former President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam dies at the age of 83.
  • In cycling, Chris Froome wins the Tour de France for a second time.
  • Pierre Nkurunziza is re-elected president of Burundi for a third term.
  • Scientists announce the discovery of Kepler-452b, the first potentially rocky exoplanet discovered in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star.
  • An explosion in the Turkish district of Suruç, Şanlıurfa, kills 32 people and injures more than 100 others.
  • The United States and Cuba restore full diplomatic relations after fifty-four years.
  • Ongoing events:
    • Greek debt crisis
  • Recent deaths:

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