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Today in History
Wednesday, August 24

2006The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is now considered a Dwarf Planet.
2004Eighty-nine passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions are caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.
2001Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean (en route to Lisbon from Toronto) and makes an emergency landing in the Azores.
1998The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
1998First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
1995Computer software developer Microsoft releases its Windows 95 operating system.
1994Initial accord between Israel and the PLO about partial self-rule of the Palestinians on the West Bank.
1992Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida as a Category 5 Hurricane.
1991Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1991Ukraine declares itself independent from the Soviet Union.
 
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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.

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