South Sudan independence parade
South Sudan independence_parade/commonswikimedia

Adolf Hitler once said: The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes. And we can agree with that sentiment, even if it came from a man like Hitler.

Below is some of that history:

1810 Napoleon annexes the Kingdom of Holland as part of the First French Empire.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Emperor in his heyday

1816 Argentina declares independence from Spain.

1868 1st African American cabinet member in South Carolina, Francis L Cardozo as Secretary of State.

Francis Lewis Cardozo
Francis Lewis Cardozo/commonswikimedia

1893 Daniel Williams performs 1st successful open heart surgery without anesthesia.

1962 Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans make their debut.

Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell's Soup Cans
Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans/commons wikimedia

1971 Henry Kissinger visits the People’s Republic of China to negotiate a detente between the US and China.

Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger/commons wikimedia

1986 The New Zealand parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Bill legalising consensual sex between men aged 16 and older.

1991 South Africa readmitted to Olympics.

2002 The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.

African Union
African Union/commons wikimedia

2006 At least 122 people killed after a Sibir Airlines Airbus A310 passenger jet, carrying 200 passengers veers off the runway while landing at Irkutsk Airport in Siberia in wet conditions.

2006 FIFA World Cup Final: 1-1 a.e.t. but Italy beats France 5-3 on penalties in Berlin, Germany.

2006 FIFA World Cup Italy_-_Buffon_Materazzi_and_Perrotta
2006 FIFA World Cup Italy_-_Buffon_Materazzi_and_Perrotta/commons wikimedia

2011 South Sudan becomes the youngest country in the world.

2016 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3, equalling Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam singles tiles.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams/commonswikimedia

2017 CEO Elon Musk is the first owner of Telsa’s first mass market electric car – the Model 3.

2017 English footballer Wayne Rooney announces he has left Manchester United after 13 years to rejoin Everton.

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney/commons wikimedia

2017 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi proclaims victory over Islamic State forces in Mosul.

2017 Hundreds of thousands protest against the Turkish government at a rally in Istanbul, Turkey.

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