Today in History
Sunday, July 15

2003AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
2002"American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.
2002Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering ''Wall Street Journal'' reporter Daniel Pearl.
1997In Miami, Florida, serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan guns down Gianni Versace outside his home.
1996A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport.
1983A terrorist attack is launched by Armenian militant organisation ASALA at the Paris-Orly Airport in Paris; it leaves 8 people dead and 55 injured.
1979U.S. President Jimmy Carter gives his so-called "malaise" speech, where he characterizes the greatest threat to the country as "this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation" but in which he never uses the word ''malaise''
1974In Nicosia, Cyprus, Greek Junta-sponsored nationalists launch a coup d'état, deposing President Makarios and installing Nikos Sampson as Cypriot president.
1959The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.
1955Eighteen Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.
 
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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.

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

Gold    Factoids
 
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