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Nine black students escorted under armed guard into all-white school

Under escort from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, nine black students enter the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas on this day in 1957. Three weeks earlier, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus had surrounded the school with National Guard troops to prevent its federal court-ordered racial integration. After a tense standoff, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalised the... Read more >

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Sonny Liston KO's Floyd Patterson in two minutes

Sonny Side Up

It’s not very often that a Heavyweight Boxing world champion goes into a title bout as the underdog. But then there weren't many fighters like Sonny Liston. With a long arrest record and supposed mob connections, Liston was a formidable fighter and 25 pounds heavier than the current champ Floyd Patterson, who he fought on this day in 1962. Surly Sonny boa... Read more >

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IRA officially disarms

Two months after announcing its intention to disarm, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) gives up its weapons in front of independent weapons inspectors. The decommissioning of the group s substantial arsenal took place in secret locations in the Republic of Ireland. One Protestant and one Catholic priest as well as officials from Finland and the United States served as witnesses to the historic ev... Read more >

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Formula One racetrack in Shanghai prepares for its grand opening

On September 25, 2004, Chinese officials gather at the brand-new Shanghai International Circuit racetrack in anticipation of the next day’s inaugural Formula One Chinese Grand Prix. Though Formula One racing was traditionally a European sport, the builders and boosters of the state-sponsored Shanghai track–part of an elaborate complex called the Shanghai International Auto City–hoped that... Read more >