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On This Day

  • Sinhalese–Portuguese War: Portugal had almost conquered the island of Sri Lanka when its army was completely annihilated, ending the Campaign of Danture.
  • Anglican priest John Henry Newman, who wished to return the Church of England to many Catholic beliefs, was formally received into the Roman Catholic Church.
  • World War I: Belgian troops in Antwerp surrendered, allowing the German army to capture the city.
  • The Khmer Republic, headed by General Lon Nol and Prince Sisowath Sirik Matak, was proclaimed in Cambodia.
  • Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai was shot by a Taliban gunman in a failed assassination attempt.
  • More anniversaries:

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

In the News

  • The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Svetlana Alexievich is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar are awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work in the field of DNA repair.
  • Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald are awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of neutrino oscillations.
  • Twelve Pacific Rim states, amounting to about 40% of the world's GDP, reach an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Ongoing events:
    • Russian military intervention in Syria
    • Southeast Asian haze
    • European migrant crisis
  • Recent deaths:

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