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Today in History
Monday, August 03

2005President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia.
2004The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11 attacks.
2001The Real IRA detonates a car bomb in Ealing, London, UK injuring seven people.
1997Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria; a total of 116 villagers killed, 40 in Oued El-Had and 76 in Mezouara.
1981Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.
1977The United States Senate begins its hearing about Project MKULTRA.
1975A privately chartered Boeing 707 crashes into the mountainside near Agadir, Morocco, killing 188.
1972The United States Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
1960Niger gains independence from France.
1958The nuclear submarine {{USS|Nautilus|SSN-571|6}} travels beneath the Arctic ice cap.
 
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