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Today in History
Monday, May 25

2009North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests building tensions in the international community.
2002China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people.
2002A train crash in Tenga, Mozambique kills 197 people.
200132-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2000Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.
1999The United States House of Representatives releases the ''Cox Report'' which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades.
1997A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.
1985Bangladesh is hit by a tropical cyclone and storm surge, which kills approximately 10,000 people.
1982HMS ''Coventry'' is sunk during the Falklands War.
1981In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
 
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Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

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

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