THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 1820 Russian Antarctic Expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discover the continent of Antarctica
  • 1825 US Congress approves Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for the forced relocation of the Eastern Indian tribes via the “Trail of Tears”
  • 1888 The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. for “the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge”
  • 1924 Lenin placed in Mausoleum in Red Square, Moscow
  • 1944 Siege of Leningrad lifted by the Soviets after 880 days and more than 2 million Russians killed
  • 1945 Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps in Poland
  • 1973 US & North Vietnam’s William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and military draft

Source: Onthisday.com

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