Today in History for February 24th

Highlights of this day in history: President Andrew Johnson impeached; The Nazi Party holds its first major meeting; Manila liberated during World War II; Britain’s Prince Charles, Lady Diana Spencer engaged; Lauryn Hill’s Grammy feat. (Feb. 24)

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Today in History for February 13th

Highlights of this day in history: Bruno Richard Hauptmann convicted in the Lindbergh baby kidnap-murder; The World War II bombing of Dresden begins; Konstantin Chernenko becomes Soviet leader; Peter Gabriel born; Waylon Jennings dies. (Feb. 13)

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Today in History for February 11th

Highlights of this day in history: South Africa frees Nelson Mandela; Allied leaders in the last months of World War II sign the Yalta accords; Ayatollah Khomeini’s followers seize power in Iran; inventor Thomas Edison born. (Feb. 11)

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Russian sisters separated by war meet after 78 years | AFP

Two Russian sisters found each other at the end of January, 78 years after their separation in the middle of World War II, thanks to the help of a television program and the Russian police. During their reunion, Yulia and Rozalina Kharitonova were hugging and giving each other kisses, while relatives who gathered around them were tearing up.

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Today in History for February 4th

Highlights of this day in history: World War II’s Yalta Conference; O.J. Simpson found liable for the murders of his ex-wife and her friend; Patty Hearst kidnapped; the Massachusetts gay marriage ruling; aviator Charles Lindbergh born. (Feb. 4)

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Today in History for January 31st

Highlights of Today in History: US launches first satellite into orbit; Libyan intelligence officer convicted of Pan Am 103 bombing; US Soldier executed for desertion during World War II; Norman Mailer born; Franz Schubert born. (Jan. 31)

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World leaders attend Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to the fifth World Holocaust Forum and takes his seat amongst world leaders gathering to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, the World War II death camp where the Nazis killed more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews. IMAGES

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World leaders in Israel to recall horrors of Auschwitz | AFP

Israel hosts dozens of world leaders to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, the World War II death camp where the Nazis killed more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews.

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Historic German island is nursery for North Sea seals | AFP

The birthplace of Germany’s national anthem and a practice bombing range for British airmen after World War II, Helgoland island in the North Sea turns cuddly at the turn of the year as grey seals arrive to give birth.

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Battle of the Bulge heroes remembered 75 years on | AFP

Seventy-five years after the wooded hills of the Ardennes saw the bloody turning point of World War II, US and European leaders gather to pay their respects. IMAGES

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Top candidates vote in British election

U.K. voters are deciding who they want to resolve the stalemate over Brexit in a parliamentary election seen as one of the most important since the end of World War II. Voting was underway across the country in a contest that pits Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who says he will take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31, against opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who promises another referendum on Brexit.

Top candidates vote in British election

U.K. voters are deciding who they want to resolve the stalemate over Brexit in a parliamentary election seen as one of the most important since the end of World War II. Voting was underway across the country in a contest that pits Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who says he will take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31, against opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who promises another referendum on Brexit.

Today in History for December 7th

On this date in 1941, Japanese forces attack the home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii – prompting America under President Franklin D. Roosevelt to enter World War II. (Dec. 7)

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Pope Francis holds a mass at Assumption Cathedral | AFP

Pope Francis leads a mass for young Catholics at Bangkok’s 109-year-old Cathedral of the Assumption on the last day of his visit to Thailand. He heads to Japan on Saturday for the second and final leg of his Asia tour, which will include visits to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, both devastated by atomic bombs by the US during World War II.

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Today in History for November 12th

Highlights of this day in history: Josef Stalin consolidates power in USSR; World War II’s naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins; Women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Actress-turned-royalty Grace Kelly and singer Neil Young born. (Nov. 12)

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Deep-sea explorers find Battle of Midway warships

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships have found a second Japanese warship deep in the Pacific where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. (Oct. 20)

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Deep-sea explorers hunt for sunken WWII ships

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships are honing in on sonar readings of debris fields deep in the Pacific. They recently discovered a Japanese aircraft carrier that went down during the Battle of Midway. (Oct. 18)

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ director felt shame dressing as Hitler

“Jojo Rabbit” writer-director Taika Waititi says he felt “shame and embarrassment” seeing himself for the first time in costume as Adolf Hitler. In the World War II satire, Waititi plays a boy’s imagined version of the murderous Nazi leader. (Oct. 16)

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World War II bomber crashes; 7 reported dead

A World War II-era plane with 13 people aboard crashed and burned at the Hartford airport after encountering mechanical trouble on takeoff Wednesday, killing seven of them. (Oct. 3)

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Collapse of UK travel giant Thomas Cook strands thousands | AFP

British travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed on Monday, leaving some 600,000 holidaymakers stranded and sparking the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II.

The 178-year-old debt-plagued group, which had struggled against fierce online competition for some time and blamed Brexit uncertainty for a recent drop in bookings, declared bankruptcy after failing to secure £200 million ($250 million, 227 million euros) from private investors.

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Tourists stranded in Spain after Thomas Cook folds | AFP

British travel group Thomas Cook has declared bankruptcy after failing to reach a last-ditch rescue deal, triggering the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II to bring back tens of thousands of stranded passengers. IMAGES of tourists stranded in Mallorca

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Thomas Cook folds, sparking worldwide repatriation of tourists | AFP

British travel group Thomas Cook declares bankruptcy after failing to reach a last-ditch rescue deal, triggering the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II to bring back tens of thousands of stranded passengers. IMAGES of a Thomas Cook branch

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