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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Giant cross divides US city

At 12 meters high, a cross-shaped statue honoring those who died in World War I veterans stands at the center of controversy in the US state of Maryland. A group calling for its removal says it violates laws protecting the separation of church and state, but family members and veterans are putting up a fight that has taken the case to the Supreme Court, where it will be heard on February 27.

Peter Jackson understands ‘R’ rating for his WWI documentary

(19 Dec 2018) Peter Jackson’s innovative World War I documentary shows that many British soldiers made it to the front lines when they were just 15 or 16 years old. Teens that age now won’t be able to see “They Shall Not Grow Old” in theatres without a parent, but Jackson says he understands the MPAA’s R rating. (Dec. 19)

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US-France ‘Bromance’ on the rocks after Trump’s twitter tirade

On the heels of a rocky trip to Paris to mark the World War I centenary, Trump fired off a caustic series of early-morning tweets against French President Emmanuel Macron and renewed his frequent charge that America’s European allies in NATO spend too little on defense.

Canada PM Trudeau talks about US relations at Paris Peace Forum

A the Paris Peace Forum, a day after World War I commemorations with other world leaders, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the press about US relations, as well as the next steps in the investigation of the murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi.

French President welcomes heads of state at Elysee Palace

French President Emmanuel Macron greets foreign leaders at the Elysee Palace, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. World leaders are gathering in Paris to mark 100 years since the end of World War I at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions. IMAGES

Today in History for November 11th

(10 Nov 2018) Highlights of this day in history: An armistice ends the fighting in World War I; Pilgrims sign Mayflower Compact; Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat dies; Author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and actor Leonardo DiCaprio born. (Nov. 11)

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