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Today in history: An era ends in Eastern Europe

On this date in 1990,the Supreme Soviet gave approval to switch to a free market economy, the signal for the GDR to leave the now moribund Warsaw Pact.


Today in history: It’s World Peace Day!

In 2015 the theme is "Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All."


Today in Latin American history: Mexican independence from Spain is declared

Mexico celebrates its independence on this date in 1810. 


Today in Latino history: 25 years since the murder of Myrna Mack

Mack was murdered by a military death squad due to her criticism of the Guatemalan government's treatment of the indigenous Maya.


In Mexico, a history of struggle drives a dance of resistance

Change and catastrophe produced one of the world's most beautiful dances: The Dance of the Feather.


South Africa: miners’ killing marked with call for unity

President Jacob Zuma called on South Africans to remember the 44 people killed at the Marikana platinum mine.


Today in history: The city of Santiago de Cuba is 500 years old

Cuban poet, writer, and national hero, José Martí, is buried in Santiago, which was also the home of the revolutionary hero Frank País.


Today in history: reading the Riot Act for 300 years

You may not have known that the Riot Act was passed by an act of the British Parliament on this date exactly 300 years ago, July 20, 1715.


Today in history: Russell-Einstein manifesto for peace

The manifesto urged nations to find peaceful ways to settle differences and to renounce the use of nuclear weapons, which only promised "universal death."


Today in history: Jan Hus burned at the stake 600 years ago

In 1415, Czech religious reformer Jan Hus, condemned as a heretic against the doctrines of the Catholic Church, was burned at the stake.

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