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Update (July 2015)

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On This Day

  • Great Northern War: Swedish forces led by King Charles XII defeated the Russian army of Tsar Peter the Great at the Battle of Narva.
  • American Civil War: The Confederate States Army suffered its worst disaster of the war as the Army of Tennessee conducted numerous unsuccessful frontal assaults against fortified positions at Franklin, Tennessee.
  • The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman became the first to officially exceed 100 miles per hour (161┬ákm/h).
  • World War II: Imperial Japanese Navy warships defeated United States Navy forces during a nighttime naval battle near the Tassafaronga area on Guadalcanal.
  • Michael Jackson's Thriller, the best-selling album of all time, was released.
  • More anniversaries:

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

In the News

  • In Canadian football, the Edmonton Eskimos defeat the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup.
  • A bomb attack on a bus kills 14 presidential security guards in Tunis, Tunisia.
  • A Russian Su-24 warplane is shot down by a Turkish Air Force F-16 near the border between Turkey and Syria.
  • American Pfizer and Irish Allergan agree to a merger that will create the world's largest pharmaceutical company.
  • More than 100 people are killed in a landslide at a jade mine in Kachin State, Myanmar.
  • Ongoing events:
    • European migrant crisis
  • Recent deaths:
    • Kim Young-sam
    • Kitanoumi Toshimitsu

Audio content relating to news items featured on the front page of Wikipedia today.