The Battle of Mogadishu began on this day.

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The Battle of Mogadishu began on this day.

On this historic date:

Dolf Luque of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the first Latino player to appear in a World Series in 1919. Luque was born on August 4, 1890, in Havana, Cuba.

Following the death of Sen. Thomas E. Watson in 1922, Georgia Democrat Rebecca Felton was chosen to become the first woman to serve in the United States Senate.

Iraq obtained independence from the United Kingdom and was admitted to the League of Nations in 1932, after 17 years of British control.

The Second Italo-Ethiopian War began in 1935 when Italy invaded Ethiopia. The invasion of Ethiopia, a League of Nations member, highlighted the League’s ineffectiveness and incapacity to maintain control over member nations who violated its own regulations.

Britain successfully tested its first atomic bomb in 1952, establishing itself as the world’s third nuclear power.

The inaugural episode of the children’s television show Captain Kangaroo, starring Bob Keeshan, aired in 1955.

Woody Guthrie, a folk singer and songwriter, died in 1967 at the age of 55.

President Richard Nixon of the United States and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko signed strategic arms limitation agreements in 1972, imposing the first constraints on the nuclear weapons of the two countries.

East Germany, which had been communist, unified with West Germany in 1990, bringing an end to 45 years of postwar split.

With a net worth of $6.3 billion, Bill Gates, the college dropout creator of Microsoft Corp., became the youngest individual to lead Forbes magazine’s list of the 400 wealthiest Americans in 1992.

During the Somali Civil War in 1993, the two-day Battle of Mogadishu began, killing 19 Americans and 200 to 300 Somalis. The militia shot down two American Black Hawk helicopters, which inspired the film Black Hawk Down.

O.J. Simpson was acquitted of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in 1995. The trial lasted more than eight months and received a lot of media attention.

President George W. Bush of the United States vetoed a measure in 2007 that would have raised financing for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers more than 10 million children. The measure, according to Bush, is a step toward universal healthcare, which he opposes.

Two years after being charged with murder in Perugia, Italy, Amanda Knox was acquitted on appeal in 2011. Article Summary from Nokia News

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