Today In History – July 01

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Following are some of the major events to have occurred on July 1:

1916 – British and French forces launched the Somme Offensive in World War One.

1917 – 50th anniversary of Confederation of Canada.

1942 – Sevastopol in Crimea fell to German forces after an eight-month siege.

1946 – The United States tested an atomic bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

1974 – Juan Peron, Argentine president and founder of the Peronist movement, died.

1997 – Robert Mitchum, U.S. movie star in films including “Cape Fear”, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Night of the Hunter”, died. He was 79.

1999 – Germany’s parliament held its last session in Bonn before moving to Berlin.

1999 – Scotland opened its first parliament in nearly 300 years.

1999 – Joshua Nkomo died aged 83. He was Zimbabwe’s veteran vice-president and a stalwart of its liberation struggle.

2000 – The longest cable-stayed bridge in the world was opened. The Oresund Bridge links Sweden and Denmark.

2004 – An Iraqi tribunal charged Saddam Hussein and 11 of his senior associates with crimes against humanity.


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