Today in History for May 22nd

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy sign the ‘Pact of Steel’; Richard Nixon is the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union; Actor Laurence Olivier born; Johnny Carson hosts his last ‘Tonight Show.’

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Belarus holds Victory Day parade despite coronavirus threat | AFP

Thousands of troops parade before crowds of spectators in Minsk to mark 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany as Belarus holds Victory Day celebrations despite the coronavirus pandemic. Neighbouring Russia cancelled its Victory Day parade over the pandemic and Belarus is the only ex-Soviet country with reported cases to hold the annual event.

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Today in History for May 7

Highlights of this day in history: The Lusitania sunk in World War I; Nazi Germany signs surrender in World War II; Vietnam’s Battle of Dien Bien Phu; Composer Peter Illych Tchaikovsky born; Glenn Miller records ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo.’ (May 7)

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Today in History for May 2nd

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany’s capital Berlin falls in World War II; Artist Leonardo da Vinci dies; Civil War Gen. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson killed; Nelson Mandela claims victory in South Africa vote; Singer Bing Crosby born. (May 2)

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Russia set to unveil giant ‘Orthodox Cathedral of Armed Forces’ | AFP

A giant Orthodox cathedral located at Patriot military park outside the Russian capital is slated to be unveiled next month to celebrate victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Besides the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the church also glorifies other “feats of arms of the Russian people” including Moscow’s takeover of Crimea in 2014, according to Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson. Standing 96 meters tall and crowned by six golden globes, the cathedral will be Russia’s third-largest Orthodox Christian church. The unprecedented project has been steeped in symbolism, with the bell chamber’s height — 75 meters — symbolising the 75th anniversary of victory over the Nazi. Melted-down elements of Nazi tanks and planes have been used to build the cathedral’s steps, the defence ministry spokesman said. Even before its formal opening on May 9, the church has become the target of fierce criticism and ridicule. It will be the first time that the Russian Orthodox Church has agreed that the image of Stalin — who famously clamped down on religion — appear in a cathedral, historians said.

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Today in History April 20

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany’s dictator Adolf Hitler born; Gunfire erupts at Columbine High; Cubans in the Mariel boatlift arrive in the U.S.; Ted Williams makes his baseball debut; Singer Luther Vandross born. (April 20)

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Today in History for March 7th

Highlights of this day in history: Civil rights marchers attacked in Selma, Alabama; Nazi Germany’s dictator Adolf Hitler sends troops into the demilitarized Rhineland; Movie director Stanley Kubrick dies. (March 7)

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Today in History for December 11th

Britain’s King Edward steps down; Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy declare war on the United States; UNICEF organization launches; ‘Magnum PI’ makes television debut. (Dec. 11)

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Today in History for November 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany bombs English town of Coventry during World War II; ‘Moby-Dick’ published; Nellie Bly begins globe-trotting trek; Leonard Bernstein makes conducting debut; Composer Aaron Copland born. (Nov. 14)

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Why Coca-Cola Invented Fanta In Nazi Germany

Fanta is one of the most popular drinks in the world. But the brightly colored drink now known for its bold fruit flavors was actually first made from food scraps in Nazi Germany by The Coca-Cola Company.

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Russia marks anniversary of wartime parade on Red Square | AFP

Russia holds a historical reenactment on Moscow’s Red Square to mark the 78th anniversary of the historic 1941 parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two. IMAGES

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Today in History for September 15th

Highlights of this day in history: Four black girls killed in a church blast in Alabama; President George W. Bush vows massive rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina; Nazi Germany adopts Nuremberg laws; Agatha Christie and Oliver Stone born. (Sept. 15)

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Scarlett Johansson attends ‘Jojo Rabbit’ red carpet at Toronto fest | AFP

Scarlett Johansson attends the red carpet event for “Jojo Rabbit” at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is about a young boy in Nazi Germany who is accompanied by his imaginary friend: Adolph Hitler.

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Today in History for September 3rd

Highlights of this day in history: Britain and France declare war on Nazi Germany; The Treaty of Paris ends the American Revolution; Bloody end to the Beslan hostage crisis in Russia; Viking 2 lands on Mars; NFL coach Vince Lombardi dies. (Sept. 3)

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Wielun: the first civilian casualties of Nazi Germany | AFP

The city of Wielun is claimed to be the first civilian target of the Second World War. On the same day, on September 1, 1939, as Nazi Germany attacked Gdansk in the north of Poland, the Luftwaffe bombed Wielun killing over a hundred civilians and destroying nearly three quarters of the town. Despite not having any military targets historians claim Nazi Germany decided to bomb Wielun because it was home to a significant Polish community and no German diaspora, unlike other towns near the border.

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