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July 20 in History

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July 20 in History

1654

Portugal is placed under English control following the signing of the Anglo-Portuguese treaty.

1810

Independence Day in Colombia.

1885

Inauguration of Viet Nam’s first railroad, a 71km stretch linking Sai Gon and My Tho, in South Viet Nam, then a French colony.

1917

The Pact of Corfu is agreed whereby Serbs, Croats and Slovenes agree to form a union called Yugoslavia.

1951

King Abdullah of Jordan is assassinated when entering a mosque in Jerusalem.

1954

Conclusion of the Geneva Conference on Indochina with the signing of agreements on the cessation of hostilities in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia, following Viet Nam’s crushing victory over the French at Dien Bien Phu at the end of the First Indochina War. The governments taking part in the conference also issued declarations, among which the French Government undertook to withdraw its troops from the three Indochinese countries and to respect their sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity.

1965

President Ho Chi Minh, in an appeal made on the eleventh anniversary of the Geneva Agreement on Viet Nam, reiterates the Vietnamese people’s resolution to fight against US aggression. "Even if the battle should last five, ten, twenty years or longer, we will resolutely fight on till complete victory," he declares.

1969

US astronaut Neil Armstrong steps from the lunar module Eagle to become the first man to walk on the moon. His first words were: "That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

2002

A fire in a discotheque in Lima, Peru, kills 25 people and injure 100 more. The fire reportedly started when a bartender, performing a fire-eating stunt, accidentally ignited the curtains.

2006

Hundreds of Ethiopian troops in armoured vehicles roll into Somalia to protect their allies in the country’s virtually powerless government from Islamic militants who control the capital.

2007

 The Pakistani Supreme Court rules that President Pervez Musharraf had no authority to suspend Pakistan’s top judge and orders Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry reinstated. — AP/Reuters/vns

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