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MacArthur returns

On this day, American General Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines, wading ashore Leyte Island. The son of an American Civil War hero, MacArthur served as chief U.S. military adviser to the Philippines before World War II. On December 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, Japan launched its invasion of the Philippines. Undaunted by his failure to hold the islands of Luzon and ... Read more >

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Battle of Navarino

During the Greek War for Independence, a combined Turkish and Egyptian armada is destroyed by an allied British, French, and Russian naval force at the Battle of Navarino. In 1821, the first nationalist uprisings by the Greeks against their Turkish rulers touched off a wave of sympathy in Britain and France, whose cultural traditions enshrined respect for ancient Hellenic values. The Russians a... Read more >

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Sydney Opera House opens

After 15 years of construction, the Sydney Opera House is dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II. The $80 million structure, designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon and funded by the profits of the Opera House Lotteries, was built on Nennelong Point, in Sydney, Australia. Famous for its geometric roof shells, the structure contains several large auditoriums and presents an average of 3,000 events a ye... Read more >

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Congress investigates communism in Hollywood

On 20 October 1947, the notorious Red Scare kicks into top gear in Washington, as a Congressional committee begins investigating Communist influence in one of the world's richest and most glamorous communities: Hollywood. After World War II, the Cold War began to heat up between the world's two superpowers – the United States and communist Soviet Union. In Washington, conservative watchdogs w... Read more >

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Diego Maradona Makes His Professional Debut

Genuine footballing genius was initiated today as, on this occasion in 1976, a wunderkind named Diego Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors. He was ten days away from his sixteenth birthday and, possibly to celebrate his upcoming anniversary, wore the number 16 shirt. He’s quoted as saying: "That day I felt I had held the sky in my hands.” Though sadly, he didn’t get... Read more >