This day in history

  • 1862 New Orleans falls to Union forces during US Civil War
  • 1864 Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina): 1,700 British troops suffer their worst defeat of the New Zealand Wars at the hands of 230 entrenched Maori warriors in Tauranga
  • 1916 Irish republicans abandon the post office in Dublin and surrender unconditionally, marking the end of the Easter Rising
  • 1945 US Army liberates 31,601 people from the Dachau Nazi concentration camp in Germany
  • 1975 Vietnam War: US begins to evacuate its citizens from Saigon in Operation Frequent Windin response to advancing North Vietnamese forces, bringing an end to US involvement in the war
  • 1990 Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate
  • 1991 Cyclone strikes the Chittagong district in Bangladesh, killing 139,000 people and leaving 10 million homeless
  • 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 comes into force, outlaws production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories

Source: Onthisday.com

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