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Today in History
Saturday, September 20

2003Maldives civil unrest: the death of prisoner Hassan Evan Naseem sparks a day of rioting in Malé.
2002The Kolka-Karmadon rock/ice slide.
2001In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror".
2000The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile.
1990South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia.
1984A suicide bomber in a car attacks the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing twenty-two people.
1982The National Football League players begin a 57-day strike.
1979A coup d'état in the Central African Empire overthrows Emperor Bokasa I.
1977The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is admitted to the United Nations.
1973Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
 
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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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