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Soviet Union's Communist Coup Attempt

Known as the August Coup, the 1991 coup attempt by Soviet goverment members was aimed at taking power from President Mikhail Gorbachev. The coup was led by hardliners opposed to reform but lasted a short two days, from Aug. 19 to 21. Still, the destabillizing effect of the coup helped contribute to the dissolution of the Soviet Union....

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The Assassination of Leon Trotsky

On Aug. 20, 1940, Leon Trotsky was attacked in his home by a NKVD agent, Ramón Mercader, who drove the pick of an ice axe into Trotsky's skull. The blow was poorly delivered and failed to kill ...

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Japan Airlines Flight 123 Crash Kills 520

In the deadliest single-aircraft accident ever, Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed 32 minutes after takeoff from Osaka International Airport. The Boeing 747 had suffered a tailstrike in 1978, and an incorrect repair procedure led to a bulkhead breaking and explosive...

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Concorde Crashes in Paris

All 109 people on board and four on the ground were killed on July 25, 2000, when Air France Flight 4590 crashed shortly after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris. The crash was the first fatal accident of...

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George Brett's Pine Tar Home Run

On July 24, 1983, George Brett hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth for the Kansas City Royals to take a 5-4 lead over the New York Yankees. Yankees manager Billy Martin noticed a large amount...

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United Flight 232 Crash Lands in Sioux City

En route from Denver to Chicago on July 19, 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 suffered a loss of all hydraulics caused by an explosion in the tail, and with it all flight controls. Nevertheless, the crew was able to steer...

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TWA Flight 800 Explodes in Mid-Air

A total of 230 people were killed on July 17, 1996, when TWA Flight 800 mysteriously exploded 12 minutes after takeoff from JFK airport in New York. The third-deadliest airplane accident on American soil, the explosion was thought by some...

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Chicago White Sox Kill Disco

The Chicago White Sox performed one of baseball's most memorable publicity stunts when on July 12, 1979, Comiskey Park played host to the Detroit Tigers for "Disco Demolition Night." Chicago radio DJ Steve Dahl hosted the event, where fans could...

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