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08 May 2013
On This Day: 1886 – Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine.
In the picture: A Coca Cola can is seen on the grass, Tripoli, Libya.
07 May 2013
On This Day: 351 – The Jewish revolt against Gallus breaks out. After his arrival at Antioch, the Jews begin a rebellion in Palestine.
In the picture: Palestinian children play soccer at the Rafah Crossing in Gaza.
06 May 2013
On This Day: 1816 – The American Bible Society is founded in New York City.
In the picture: A bible near the bed of Ninelle Sims, 100 years old, in her home in New York, N.Y.
05 May 2013
On This Day: 1925 – The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language.
In the picture: People celebrate Nelson Mandela ' s election as President.
04 May 2013
On This Day: 1959 – The 1st Grammy Awards are held.
In the picture: Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift performs in Auburn Hills outside Detroit, Michigan.
03 May 2013
On This Day: 1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city.
In the picture: Secret Service agents stand next to the presidential limousine at the White House.
02 May 2013
On This Day: 2011 – Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
In the picture: Spontaneous celebration broke out after news of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's death, at Ground Zero in New York City.
01 May 2013
On This Day: 1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.
In the picture: A rainbow hovers above the Empire State Building in New York City.
30 April 2013
On This Day: 2004 – U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
In the picture: In his controversial series of photographs Antonin Kratochvil has recreated the scenes of humiliation suffered by Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison. Kratochvil says his intent is to emblazon the images upon the consciousness of the world.
29 April 2013
On This Day: 1953 – The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
In the picture: Visitors use glasses to watch 3D plasma displays at an exhibition of future technology at the SK T.UM future museum in Seoul, South Korea.
28 April 2013
On This Day: 1789 – Mutiny on the Bounty: Lieutenant William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift and the rebel crew returns to Tahiti briefly and then sets sail for Pitcairn Island.
In the picture: Children climb a tree in Tahiti, French Polynesia.
27 April 2013
On This Day: 1539 – Re-founding of the city of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), by Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar.
In the picture: Women coverse at a women's prison, C·rcel de Mujeres El Buen Pastor - Patio 6, in Bogot·, Cundinamarca, Colombia. Within this section, 75 women, who have been sentenced or are facing criminal charges for rebellion and crimes committed while being part of a guerrilla faction, are being detained. Patio 6 also houses seven children whose mothers are imprisoned.
26 April 2013
On This Day: 2005 – Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
In the picture: The Hilton hotel seaside view, Beirut, Lebanon .
25 April 2013
On This Day: 2011 – At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak.
In the picture: Sue Van der Hoven is seen at her brother in-law's destroyed home in Joplin, Missouri. The tornado that struck the Midwestern city killed over 160 people.
24 April 2013
On This Day: 1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."
In the picture: Kadi Sprengle, PhD, 61, from Rochester, N.Y., talks to a suicidal and violent veteran during her shift at The Veteran Affairs, VA, Suicide Prevention Hotline center in Canandaigua, upstate New York. The vet claimed to have 30 guns at his home and had a plan to end his life and kill others at the same time. Sprengle convinced the man not to hurt any others or himself and made him swear on his honor before ending the call. The call center, which is located inside the VA hospital on the edge of Canandaigua, employs about twenty people who try to convince vets calling in from around the country and from Iraq and Afghanistan to abandon plans of suicide and seek help from a VA hospital in their area.
23 April 2013
On This Day: 1815 – The Second Serbian Uprising – a second phase of the national revolution of the Serbs against the Ottoman Empire, erupts shortly after the annexation of the country to the Ottoman Empire.
In the picture: Enisa Salcinovic in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the Bosnian War, she worked at the hospital in Foca, Serbia under the supposed protection of the Serbian police force. She was captured and raped at work while her husband was taken to a camp at Partizan Hall in Foca where he was then executed. She was moved to a motel in the town of Miljevina where she was kept with numerous other women and repeatedly raped for six months.
22 April 2013
On This Day: 1500 – Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral lands in Brazil.
In the picture: Women run into the water at Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
21 April 2013
On This Day: 753 BC – Romulus and Remus founded Rome.
In the picture: View of St. Peter's Square during the afternoon in Vatican city, Rome.
20 April 2013
On This Day: 2010 – The Deepwater Horizon oil well explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last six months.
In the picture: Pelicans caught in the BP oil spill wait to be cleaned at the Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation center, near Venice, Louisiana.