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On This Day

  • Sylvester I, during whose pontificate the great churches of Rome were built, began his reign as pope.
  • American astronomer Alvan Graham Clark first observed the faint white dwarf companion of Sirius , the brightest star in the night sky.
  • Datu Muhammad Salleh, leader of a series of major disturbances in North Borneo, was shot dead in Tambunan, but his followers did not give up for five more years.
  • Second World War: The British 3rd Commando Brigade's victory in the Battle of Hill 170 was crucial in causing the 28th Japanese Army to withdraw from the Arakan peninsula of Burma.
  • Scottish judges sitting in court in the Netherlands convicted Libyan national Abdelbaset al-Megrahi of 270 counts of murder in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

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

In the News

  • Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) wins a plurality of seats in the Greek legislative election and forms a coalition government with the Independent Greeks.
  • Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front party is elected President of Zambia.
  • Sumo wrestler Hakuhō Shō wins a record-breaking 33rd makuuchi championship.
  • Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies and is succeeded by his half brother, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
  • Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, and the Yemeni cabinet resign after a coup d'état in Yemen by Shia insurgents.
  • At least 15 people are killed in protests against President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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