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1999

Panama Canal handed over to Panama

On this day in 1999, the United States, in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, officially hands over control of the Panama Canal, putting the strategic waterway into Panamanian hands for the first time. Crowds of Panamanians celebrated the transfer of the 50-mile canal, which links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and officially opened when the SS Arcon sailed through on 15 August 1914... Read more >

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1994

Kiribati Skips a Day

If you were born in Kiribati (an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean) on this day in 1994 then you are firstly a liar and secondly you might not actually exist. As you see, this day was skipped entirely on the island in 1994, due to a change in time zones from UTC−11:00 to UTC+13:00 and UTC−10:00 to UTC+14:00, respectively. Previously called the Gilbert Islands, Kiribati was divided ... Read more >