Today in History
Friday, July 20

2006Ethiopian troops enter Somalian territory.
2003France: Sixteen people are injured after two bombs explode outside a tax office in Nice.
2002South America: A fire in a discotheque in Lima, Peru kills over twenty-five.
2000In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade.
2000Carlos the Jackal sues France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him.
1999Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
1998Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Doctors Without Borders and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban.
1996In Spain, an ETA bomb at Reus Airport injures 53
1994Israel's Shimon Peres visits Jordan, the highest ranking Israeli official to do so
1994Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's Fragment Q1 hits Jupiter.
 
Factoids
Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

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Studies show that mosquitoes prefer biting blondes to brunettes.

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The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived.

Blue Whale    Factoids
Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

Gold    Factoids
 
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