Today in History
Sunday, August 19

2010Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait.
2009A series of bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kills 101 and injures 565 others.
2005The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins.
2003A car-bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Iraq kills the agency's top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other employees.
2002A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.
1999In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milošević.
1991Collapse of the Soviet Union, August Coup: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest while on holiday in the town of Foros, Crimea.
1990Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert, ending with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
1989Polish president Wojciech Jaruzelski nominates Solidarity activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki to be the first non-communist Prime Minister in 42 years.
1989Raid on offshore pirate station, Radio Caroline in North Sea by British and Dutch governments.
 
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Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

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

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Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

Gold    Factoids
 
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