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1994 - Rwanda -- Blood Bath
1994 : When Rwanda's president was killed in a plane crash the country was plunged into a blood bath and genocide. The Hutu majority slaughtered the Tutsis and a half a million people lay dead. A missionary exclaimed, "There are no devils left in hell. They are all in Rwanda."

1932 - U.S.A. -- Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City opening with a spectacular stage show, featuring Ray Bolger and Martha Graham. The stage measures 66.5 feet (20 m) deep and 144 feet (44 m) wide and has the largest Wurlitzer pipe organ built for a movie theater. The Radio City Music Hall is also home to the women's precision dance team known as The Rockettes.

1907 - Austria -- Emperor
Aging emperor Francis Joseph warned military man Don Miguel Braganza that he would be exiled if he did not stop plotting to overthrow the government of Portugal. In an interview with a reporter Braganza boasted about his seditious plans and as a result the emperor summoned him immediately.

1921 - U.S.A. -- Tacoa Arica
Chile and Peruvian officials were meeting in Washington to try resolving their disputes. One of the main issues was over the fate of Tacoa Arica.

1936 - Mexico -- Agrarian Reform law
Workers and peasants, the neglected masses, were benefited by President Lacaro Curdenas's Agrarian Reform law. Wealthy cotton areas were taken from the rich and given to the peasants. His Seventh Day Law paid workers seven days a week.

1943 - Norway -- World War II
Nazi battleship, The Scharnhorst, was sunk by the British off the coast of Norway. The battleship was a 28,000 ton vessel that probably intended to strike a convoy near Murmansk.


1949 - Indonesia -- Independence
Indonesia gains it's independence from the Netherlands after 400 years of Dutch Rule.

1954 - France -- Germany To Join NATO
French lawmakers were saddled with the thorny problem of whether or not to allow West Germany to rearm and join NATO.

1960 - France -- Atomic Bomb Test
France explodes it's third atomic bomb test in the Sahara desert in Africa.

1965 - England -- Drilling Platform Capsizes
1965 : Britain's first off-shore drilling platform in the North Sea has capsized off the north eastern coast when two supporting legs gave way in the rough waters of the North Sea. The death toll is thought to over ten men lost.

1967 - Cambodia -- Anti US
Prince Norodom of Cambodia rejected U.S. plans to close the Vietnam border to communists and accused the U.S. of interfering in Indo-Chinese affairs. U.S. and Cambodia did not have regular diplomatic channels, but usually communicated through Austria.

1975 - India -- Coal Mine Explosion
A coal mine explosion followed by a flood at the Chasnala Colliery in Dhanbad, India kills over 350.

1977 - England -- Star Wars
The long awaited film Star Wars which has been showing in the US since June, has had thousands of people are flocking to cinemas in the UK, many queued in London's Dominion, and Leicester Square cinemas from early in the morning waiting to get the few tickets that have not been pre booked for months.

1978 - Italy -- Tullia Zacchelli
Tullia Zacchelli, aged 43, suffered from suicidal depression and had attempted to kill herself 5 times. She finally succeeded by jumping out of a 6th floor building by biting her husband's hand so he would let go of her.

1979 - Afghanistan -- Soviet Union Seizes Control
The Soviet Union seizes control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown and executed, has been replaced by Babrak Karmal.

1983 - U.S.A. -- Recession More Jobs Lost
1983 : With the recession continuing to effect manufacturing in the United States. U.S. Steel announces that it would reduce its steel making capacity by roughly 20 percent laying off a further 4,600 bringing the total lay-offs for the year to 15,400.

1985 - Rwanda -- Dian Fossey
The American Zoologist Dian Fossey, who had studied mountain gorillas in Rwanda, was found hacked to death at a research station in Rwanda.

1985 - Italy / Austria -- Terrorist Attack
A twin terrorist attack at Rome and Vienna airports by gunmen on waiting passengers has left more than 100 people injured and reports of 15 fatalities.

1987 - Canada -- Chrysler Motors
In Bramalea, Ontario Chrysler Motors had a new 1.8 million square foot factory where the 1988 Eagle Premier intermediate sedan would be built. The factory was L shaped and sat on 216 acres. One hundred and fifty thousand vehicles a year would be produced there providing thousands of local jobs.

2001 - U.S.A. -- Guantanamo Bay
U.S. officials announced that Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners would be held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

2002 - North Korea -- Nuclear Program
2002 : North Korea ordered U.N. nuclear inspectors to leave the country and said it would restart producing plutonium for nuclear weapons.

2006 - Israel -- Palestinians No To Peace
Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, held out an olive branch of peace to the Palestinians promising land, release of prisoners, reduction in check points, and other concessions. However Palestinian extremists in Gaza fired 2 rockets into Israel.

2007 - Pakistan -- Benazir Bhutto assassinated
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated in Pakistan by suicide attack. Bhutto, who was the first woman Prime Minister of an Islamic state, was leaving an election rally in Rawalpindi when the gunman shot her in the neck and set off a bomb. At least twenty other people died in the attack, and several more were injured.

2011 - Israel -- Israelis Protest Against Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Extremism
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated in Pakistan by suicide 27th December, 2011 : Thousands of Israelis gathers in Beit Shemesh to protest against ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremism. The protests came after a young girl stated she had faced harassment while on her way to school. The protests were also over concern that some ultra-Orthodox groups in the city were trying to segregate men and women. Protesters also had the support of Israel's president who said that the protests were necessary to defend the majority of Israelis against a minority trying to change the country.

2012 - United States -- Man Admits Fossil Smuggling
Eric Prokopi, a Florida fossil dealer, admitted to smuggling dinosaur bones in to the country. Prokopi could face up to seventeen years in prison.


2013 - China -- GM Recalls Vehicles in China
General Motors announced a recall of over 1.4 million cars in China. The recall focused on an issue with a securing an oil pump.


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Marlene Dietrich
Born: 27th December 1901 Berlin-Schöneberg, German Empire
Died: May 6th 1992 Paris, France
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Marlene Dietrich was born Marie Magdalene Dietrich in Germany but quickly moved to Holywood in the early 1930's where she began her American acting and singing career, her movies included Morocco, Dishonored, Destry Rides Again, Touch of Evil, Judgment at Nuremberg, and Stage Fright, Shanghai Express, Blonde Venus, The Scarlet Empress, and The Devil is a Woman. Her singing voice was distinct as her well known signature song "Falling in Love Again" from the 1930 Movie "The Blue Angel" featured in our video today shows. Marlene Dietrich became an American citizen in 1939 and a vocal opponent of the German Nazi Regime and she entertained American troops on the front lines.