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1991 Mikhail Gorbachev survives coup attempt Mikhail Gorbachev is restored as Soviet president following the defeat of the coup attempted by military and KGB hard liners.
1986 1200 feared dead from poison gases 1,200 are feared dead following poisonous gases escaping from the volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, Africa.
1984 900,000 protesters march against Ferdinand Marcos On the anniversary of Beningo Aquino's murder, 900,000 Filipinos filled the streets of Manilla protesting at the goverment of Ferdinand Marcos. In her speech, Beningo Aquino's wife Cori Aquino, demanded that Marcos should resign.
1983 Beningo Aquino mudered at Manila airport Ferdinand Marcos appears on television to deny that his government had any involvement in the murder of Beningo Aquino at Manila airport.
1973 The Troubles - Bloody Sunday The coroner presiding over the "Bloody Sunday" inquest accuses the British army of "sheer unadulterated murder".
1911 Leonardo da Vinci painting Mona Lisa is stolen Vinvenzo Perruggia poses as a photographer to steal the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci from the Louvre in Paris.
1901 Cadillac formed A new motor company is founded in Detroit named after the French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac
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