Today in History for October 15th

Highlights of this day in history: Convicted Nazi war criminal Herman Goering commits suicide behind bars; World War I spy Mata Hari executed; Nikita Khrushchev ousted as Soviet Union’s leader; ‘I Love Lucy’ premieres on TV. (Oct. 15)

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WWI ghost fleet becomes first US national marine sanctuary since 2000 | AFP

In a quiet inlet halfway down the Potomac Rover in Maryland rest the skeletal remains of more than 100 wooden steamships, hastily built for World War I and then abandoned. Now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has designated the area in which theY lie – Mallows Bay – a national marine sanctuary, the first designation since 2000.

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Today in History for August 4th

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi police arrest Anne Frank and family; Britain declares war on Germany in World War I; Three civil rights workers found slain in Mississippi; The Bordens axed to death; Jazz great Louis Armstrong born. (Aug. 4)

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Today in History for August 3rd

Highlights of this day in history: Christopher Columbus sets sail; Europe slides further into World War I; A Cold War case heats up Capitol Hill; Air traffic controllers in the U.S. go on strike; NBA founded; Singer Tony Bennett born. (Aug. 3)

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Today in History for August 1st

Highlights of this day in history: A shooting rampage takes place at the University of Texas clock tower; Germany declares war on Russia in World War I; Adolf Hitler opens the Berlin Olympics; Author Herman Melville born; MTV debuts. (Aug. 1)

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Today in History for June 28th

Highlights of this day in history: An assassination in Europe sparks World War I; Elian Gonzalez and his father leave for Cuba; Boxer Mike Tyson disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear; Richard Rodgers and Mel Brooks born. (June 28)

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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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Greece demands Germany to pay over $300bn in WW2 reparations

Greece’s parliament on Wednesday began debate on a resolution to demand the payment of German war crime reparations. The issue has long been disputed by Berlin. ‘These demands are always active. They were never set aside by Greece,’ parliament chairman Nikos Voutsis said earlier this week.

The chamber is expected to approve a resolution calling on the government of Premier Alexis Tsipras ‘to take all the necessary diplomatic and legal steps to claim and fully satisfy all the demands of the Greek state stemming from World War I and World War II,’ AFP reported.

A parliamentary committee last year determined that Germany owes Greece at least $305 billion for World War I damages and looting, atrocities and a forced loan during the Nazi occupation in World War II.

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SCOTUS weighs whether cross violates Constitution

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week on the fate of the “Peace Cross,” a World War I memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland that some say violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause. The case could impact memorials nationwide. (Feb. 25)

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