This Day in History
last updated: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Charles de Gaulle Resigns as President of France (1969)
A celebrated general and statesman, de Gaulle was elected first president of France's Fifth Republic—a system of government with broad executive powers—in 1959. He helped write the constitution and pushed for direct popular election of the president. The mass civil unrest of May 1968 by students and workers almost toppled his government, and in 1969 de Gaulle was defeated in a referendum on constitutional amendments and resigned. He died just a year later. Whom did he bar from his funeral? Discuss

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BBC On This Day | Front Page
last updated: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 17:55:28 GMT

1983: US troops invade Grenada
American forces seize control of the Caribbean island of Grenada less than a week after a left-wing coup in which the prime minister, Maurice Bishop, was killed.

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April 28, 1945: Benito Mussolini executed

On this day in 1945, “Il Duce,” Benito Mussolini, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are shot by Italian partisans who had captured the couple as they attempted to flee to Switzerland.

The 61-year-old deposed former dictator of Italy was established by his German allies as the figurehead of a puppet government in northern Italy during the German occupation toward the close of the war. As the Allies fought their way up the Italian peninsula, defeat of the Axis powers all but certain, Mussolini considered his options. Not wanting to fall into the hands of either the British or the Americans, and knowing that the communist partisans, who had been fighting the remnants of roving Italian fascist soldiers and thugs in the north, would try him as a war criminal, he settled on escape to a neutral country.

He and his mistress made it to the Swiss border, only to discover that the guards had crossed over to the partisan side. Knowing they would not let him pass, he disguised himself in a Luftwaffe coat and helmet, hoping to slip into Austria with some German soldiers. His subterfuge proved incompetent, and he and Petacci were discovered by partisans and shot, their bodies then transported by truck to Milan, where they were hung upside down and displayed publicly for revilement by the masses.

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last updated: Fri, 09 Sep 2011 19:33:08 +0000

WorldHistory101: More great resources: the History Channel http://t.co/P0yDU4P the Library of Congress http://t.co/3GGXZtg & Wikipedia http://t.co/Vx3B2wy
WorldHistory101: More great resources: the History Channel http://t.co/P0yDU4P the Library of Congress http://t.co/3GGXZtg & Wikipedia http://t.co/Vx3B2wy

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WorldHistory101: For "This Day in History" facts, the New York Times is a great source: http://t.co/6sV9CbC Also, the BBC: http://t.co/auydR7v
WorldHistory101: For "This Day in History" facts, the New York Times is a great source: http://t.co/6sV9CbC Also, the BBC: http://t.co/auydR7v

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WorldHistory101: "Are you guys ready? Let's roll." — Todd Beamer, one of the heroic passengers on United Flight 93 http://t.co/dchlJQC http://t.co/hocr1Qm
WorldHistory101: "Are you guys ready? Let's roll." — Todd Beamer, one of the heroic passengers on United Flight 93 http://t.co/dchlJQC http://t.co/hocr1Qm

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WorldHistory101: I join with all those who honor the memory of the 3,000 innocent victims of 9/11. http://t.co/W88HACq http://t.co/ezumwsb
WorldHistory101: I join with all those who honor the memory of the 3,000 innocent victims of 9/11. http://t.co/W88HACq http://t.co/ezumwsb

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WorldHistory101: RT @newsman787 RT @LATimesbiz: Twitter: 100 million active users and no plans to go public soon http://t.co/WIvedNd
WorldHistory101: RT @newsman787 RT @LATimesbiz: Twitter: 100 million active users and no plans to go public soon http://t.co/WIvedNd

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WorldHistory101: #FF For the facts (& informed opinion): @SteveSebelius @RalstonFlash @elizcrum @JonHumbert @Mitch_Fox @EdwardLawrence @HistoryNevada
WorldHistory101: #FF For the facts (& informed opinion): @SteveSebelius @RalstonFlash @elizcrum @JonHumbert @Mitch_Fox @EdwardLawrence @HistoryNevada

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WorldHistory101: Born September 9: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), one of the world's greatest novelists ("War and Peace", "Anna Karenina"). http://t.co/R8iMVow
WorldHistory101: Born September 9: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), one of the world's greatest novelists ("War and Peace", "Anna Karenina"). http://t.co/R8iMVow

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WorldHistory101: The first of two Japanese air attacks on the U.S. mainland during World War II was carried out on this day in 1942. http://t.co/me2vs63
WorldHistory101: The first of two Japanese air attacks on the U.S. mainland during World War II was carried out on this day in 1942. http://t.co/me2vs63

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WorldHistory101: 85 years ago today, @NBC (the National Broadcasting Company) was created by RCA (the Radio Corporation of America). http://t.co/Hy7T1SE
WorldHistory101: 85 years ago today, @NBC (the National Broadcasting Company) was created by RCA (the Radio Corporation of America). http://t.co/Hy7T1SE

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1919, more than two-thirds of Boston's police department went on strike. http://t.co/fusqLFS http://t.co/dA7Dqgf
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1919, more than two-thirds of Boston's police department went on strike. http://t.co/fusqLFS http://t.co/dA7Dqgf

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WorldHistory101: The Stono Rebellion, the largest slave revolt in the colonies before the Revolution, broke out on this day in 1739. http://t.co/h9q2zoN
WorldHistory101: The Stono Rebellion, the largest slave revolt in the colonies before the Revolution, broke out on this day in 1739. http://t.co/h9q2zoN

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1993, Israel and the PLO formally recognized each other's legitimacy. http://t.co/XM5l9U3 http://t.co/Iewqvmp
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1993, Israel and the PLO formally recognized each other's legitimacy. http://t.co/XM5l9U3 http://t.co/Iewqvmp

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WorldHistory101: The Attica (New York) prison riot, the deadliest in U.S. history, broke out 40 years ago today. http://t.co/9JjOxQu http://t.co/PfbAwbA
WorldHistory101: The Attica (New York) prison riot, the deadliest in U.S. history, broke out 40 years ago today. http://t.co/9JjOxQu http://t.co/PfbAwbA

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1965, Sandy Koufax of the L.A. Dodgers pitched his only perfect game (his fourth no-hitter). http://t.co/LPL010W
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1965, Sandy Koufax of the L.A. Dodgers pitched his only perfect game (his fourth no-hitter). http://t.co/LPL010W

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1957, Pres. Eisenhower signed into law the first Federal civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. http://t.co/lrISi6n
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1957, Pres. Eisenhower signed into law the first Federal civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. http://t.co/lrISi6n

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. http://t.co/Fbapg2m
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. http://t.co/Fbapg2m

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WorldHistory101: Esther Cleveland, the only U.S. President's child born in the White House, was born on this day in 1893. http://t.co/yOYRbnC
WorldHistory101: Esther Cleveland, the only U.S. President's child born in the White House, was born on this day in 1893. http://t.co/yOYRbnC

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1850, California was admitted as the union's 31st state. http://t.co/ys0T7u1 http://t.co/83XwPJf
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1850, California was admitted as the union's 31st state. http://t.co/ys0T7u1 http://t.co/83XwPJf

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1791, Washington, D.C. was named in honor of George Washington. http://t.co/QQgjRRM http://t.co/dildGEM
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1791, Washington, D.C. was named in honor of George Washington. http://t.co/QQgjRRM http://t.co/dildGEM

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress officially declared the nation's name to be the United States of America. http://t.co/CMSRmm5
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress officially declared the nation's name to be the United States of America. http://t.co/CMSRmm5

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