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Sigmund Freud died #OnThisDay in 1939.
Freud was born to Jewish parents in the Moravian town of Freiberg, in the Austrian Empire (later Příbor, Czech Republic), the first of eight children. Both of his parents were from Galicia, in modern-day Ukraine.
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#OnThisDay, as the devout William Rosecrans galloped to the rear and, in his own words, “prostrated myself in spirit at the feet of our Crucified Lord and implored His most Sacred heart to pity us,” George Thomas was NOT in the mood for pity. He was too busy building a line.
Rosecrans was a complex dude and a titan of his era, but at Chickamauga, his wild temperament got the best of him and he became one of the few men on Earth who could say, “I was outgeneraled by Braxton Bragg.” (It hurts just to type that. Let’s give Longstreet the credit.)
As his right wing crumbled, Rosecrans beat feet to Chattanooga, where he was helped from his horse “faint and ill, stunned by sudden calamity.” An observer said: “Chickamauga is as fatal a name in our history as Bull Run.”

Only someone forgot to tell George Thomas.
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To mark the 40th anniversary of the #CampDavidAccords, check out our collection of more than 250 documents--totaling more than 1,400 pages--of intelligence provided to President Carter leading up to the Sept. 1978 Middle East Peace Accords at Camp David.
After 12 days of talks at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin & Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the #CampDavidAccords on Sept. 17, 1978.

The declassified documents in CIA’s collection cover the period from January 1977 through March 1979 & detail diplomatic developments throughout the region following the #CampDavidAccords.

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#OnThisDay in 1963, Dr. King stood atop the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his famed “I Have a Dream” speech.
Still not free. #FreedomForward
Let's rise to the sunlit path of racial justice. #FreedomForward
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Crime against humanity Part1
Have you ever seen this #video?
Nouri Maliki's (former prime minister of #Iraq) Special Forces carried out the operation in cooperation with the Iranian Regime to slaughter 52 Iranian dissidents on Sep 1st, 2013 in Camp Ashraf
Crime against humanity Part2
Maliki's barbarian assassins attacked Ashraf-city in #Iraq and slaughtered 52 Iranian refugees, the members of #PMOI #MEK
A shocking documentary about the massacre in Camp Ashraf Part 1
Crime against humanity by Maliki's forces and slaughtering 52 Iranian refugees by the order of #Khamenei
Sep. 1st, 2013
#PMOI #MEK #Iran
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The Battle of Bosworth Field took place #OnThisDay in 1485 in Leicestershire. During the ultimate battle of the 'War of the Roses', Richard III was killed & Henry Tudor took the throne. Richard's remains were mutilated, then quietly buried, until recovered & identified in 2013.
Fun fact, there was one more battle after Bosworth. In 1487, a pretender called Lambert Simnel, posing as Edward, Earl of Warwick, was installed at the head of an army by Plantagenet interests.

The battle of Stoke Field was a bloody brawl near East Stoke on the 16th of June.
You'd think Simnel's army would have won - it was full of mercenaries with terrifying things called 'guns'.

Still, faster to fire arrows than a gun at this time - the Tudor army riddled them with arrows.

Simnel was captured, but Henry VII spared him - even gave him a job!
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Let's talk about a disturbing even in #Iran's history.
#OnThisDay, August 20, 1979, Iranian regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini ordered a ruthless crackdown of the Iranian Kurdish community.
To be completely fair, here is the @WashingtonPost report.…
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Let’s talks some history & how #Iran’s regime manipulates facts.

#OnThisDay, 65 years ago, a coup d'état brought an end to Iran’s sole democratically elected government of Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh.
Why do I say “manipulates” history?

Look at @JZarif’s tweet in this regard.
He seeks to portray an image of #Iran’s mullahs (currently ruling the country) as a party opposing the 1953 coup d'état backed out by foreign intelligence services enjoying support from Iran’s then mullahs.
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Czesława Kwoka was born in Wólka Złojecka #OnThisDay in 1928. Czesława and her mother, Katarzyna, were Roman Catholics: a group reviled by the Nazi Party.

She was murdered with a phenol injection to the heart at the age of 14.

Read her story.…
Prominent Catholic leaders were persecuted and murdered in Auschwitz. Two of the best-known names are those of St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
Maximilian Kolbe was murdered by lethal injection on August 14, 1941. Edith Stein was sent to the gas chamber and murdered on August 9, 1942, soon after her arrival.

You can read more about them here too:

(The Catholic Saints of Auschwitz)…
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#OnThisDay in 1937: Japanese forces begin the Battle of Shanghai, a conflict that will last 3 months and involve 1 million troops.

Photo: Emperor Hirohito in his coronation garments, circa 1924.
The Battle of Shanghai was the first of the twenty-two major engagements fought between the National Revolutionary Army (NRA) of the Republic of China (ROC) and the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) of the Empire of Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
It was one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the entire war, described as "Stalingrad on the Yangtze".
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Alexei Nikolaevich was born #OnThisDay in 1904. He was the youngest child and only son of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and heir apparent to the throne of the Russian Empire.
His older sisters were the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. He was doted on by his parents and sisters and known as "Baby" in the family. He was later also affectionately referred to as Alyosha (Алёша).
Alexei was christened on 3 September 1904 in the chapel in Peterhof Palace. His principal godparents were his paternal grandmother and his great-uncle, Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich.
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Mata Hari was born #OnThisDay in 1876.

Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during WWI. Born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, she was the eldest of four children of Adam Zelle and Antje van der Meulen.
Her father owned a hat shop, made successful investments in the oil industry, and became affluent enough to give Margaretha a lavish early childhood that included exclusive schools until the age of 13.
Soon after Margaretha's father went bankrupt in 1889, her parents divorced, and then her mother died in 1891. Her father remarried in Amsterdam on 9 February 1893 to Susanna Catharina ten Hoove, by whom he had no children.
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Katharina Kepler, mother of the famous astronomer, Johannes Kepler, was arrested for witchcraft #OnThisDay in 1620. Johannes would spend the next year securing her freedom. She died the next year. I wrote about the case more in this article.
Kepler was accused by neighbours that she was feuding with, of making their kids sick - not an uncommon thing.

Unluckily, the local 'vogt', or bailiff, was a guy called Lutherius Einhorn, who was fairly witch-crazy.

Kepler had to unpick the neighbour's stories in detail.
I went to Leonberg, where Katharina's 'trial' took place. This is the former town jail - Katharina was kept below ground in a dank, wet cell.
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#OnThisDay in 1945, the US drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Three days later, on August 9, a Fat Man plutonium implosion-type bomb was dropped by another B-29 on Nagasaki.
The Allies called for the unconditional surrender of the Imperial Japanese armed forces in the Potsdam Declaration on July 26, 1945—the alternative being "prompt and utter destruction". The Japanese ignored the ultimatum and the war continued.
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The Warsaw Uprising started #OnThisDay in 1944.

It was a major World War II operation by the Polish underground resistance, led by the Home Army (Armia Krajowa), to liberate Warsaw from German occupation.
The uprising was the single largest military effort taken by any European resistance movement during World War II.
In 1944 Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany for almost 5 years. The Polish Home Army planned some form of rebellion against German forces. Germany was fighting a coalition of Allied powers, led by the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis was born #OnThisDay 1929.

She was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and the First Lady of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
Bouvier was the elder daughter of Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and socialite Janet Lee Bouvier.
Jackie spent her early childhood years in Manhattan and at Lasata, the Bouviers' country estate in East Hampton on Long Island. She idolized her father, who likewise favored her over her sister, calling his elder child "the most beautiful daughter a man ever had".
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Thomas Keith Aitken was back in the Bois de Reims #onthisday in 1918, photographing the Battle of Tardenois. He took (at least) 16 photographs, and below are some highlights 👇🏼👇🏼 #warphotos #thread
Photograph is: Men of the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (62nd Division) examining a captured German Maxim 08/15 (Spandau) machine gun with French and Italian officers. © IWM (Q 11107)
War photographers like Aitken frequently demonstrated Allied success in the photographs by showing us equipment taken from the Germans. Here are men of the 62nd btn again with a Maxim 08/15, © IWM (Q 11104).
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21-year-old Lewis Powell was hanged #OnThisDay in 1865. He was a conspirator with John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.
One evening in early February, Powell (using the alias "Mr. Wood") appeared at Mary Surratt's boarding house and asked for John Surratt, who was not at home.
He then requested something to eat and a place to stay, and Mrs. Surratt granted both requests after her son returned home and vouched for "Mr. Wood". Powell told Louis Weichmann, who was a boarder in the house, that "Wood" was a clerk in Parr's china shop in Baltimore.
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He wanted to join the @USMC, but he was too short.

The paratroopers wouldn't have him either.

Reluctantly, he settled on the infantry, enlisting to become nothing less than one of the most-decorated heroes of #WorldWarII.

(#USArmy photo)
He was Audie Murphy, the baby-faced Texas farmboy who was born #OnThisDay in 1924. He became a U.S. legend.

Murphy grew up on a sharecropper's farm in Hunt County, Texas.
Left at a very young age to help raise 10 brothers and sisters when his father deserted their mother, Audie was 16 when his mother died. He watched as his siblings were doled out to an orphanage or relatives.

Seeking an escape from that life in 1942, he looked to the #Marines.
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Marilyn Monroe was born #OnThisDay 1926.

Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, Monroe became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and was emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality.
On August 5, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles. Although Monroe's death was ruled a probable suicide, several conspiracy theories have been proposed in the decades following her death.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at the age of sixteen.
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1/ Inspired by @bobplain, here is an #OTD in #RhodeIsland history: On this day, December 19th, in 1675, a ​major ​battle ​in #KingPhilipsWar took place known as ​the ​#GreatSwamp​Massacre. This fight ​topped ​any previous ​brutality ​by ​English ​soldiers ​in ​colonial ​wars...
2/ ...​prior like #PequotWar & #KieftsWar. ​Formally ​neutral ​in the ​war ​in ​early ​1675, ​the ​#NarragansettIndians' territory ​had ​served ​as ​a ​safe ​haven ​4 ​wounded #Native​American, ​mostly #Wampanoag, ​soldiers ​fighting ​in ​the ​conflict. ​The #UnitedColonies...
3/ ...(aka #MassachusettsBay, @Plimoth, #Connecticut & #NewHaven) ​demanded ​the ​#NarragansettIndians ​turn ​over ​these ​combatants, but the natives delayed any formal response. ​John ​Easton, in his "A Relation of the Indian Warr" ​wrote ​that ​soon ​after ​this ​refusal...
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Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was born #OnThisDay 1863. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia. This caused the Central Powers and Serbia's allies to declare war on each other, starting World War I.
Franz Ferdinand was born in Graz, Austria, the eldest son of Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria (younger brother of Franz Joseph and Maximilian) and of his second wife, Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
In 1875, when he was only eleven years old, his cousin Duke Francis V of Modena died, naming Franz Ferdinand his heir on condition that he add the name Este to his own. Franz Ferdinand thus became one of the wealthiest men in Austria.
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#OnThisDay 5 years ago @CMSexperiment & @ATLASexperiment announced a #HiggsBoson discovery
Let's share #HiggsStories
Pyjama party #HiggsStories
Find out more:
Thank you for your #HiggsStories Read more:
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