Dwight D. Eisenhower once said: History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. And I agree with him.
Let us begin:
1918 The Romanov royal family and several of their retainers are executed by a Bolshevik firing squad in the basement of Ipatiev House, in Yekaterinburg, Siberia.
1917 The King of England King George announced the new name of the royal house and family is to be the House of Windsor after he decided to drop his German family name “Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.”
1945 Following the defeat of Nazi Germany U.S. President Harry S. Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin attend the Potsdam conference which will decide many of the major issues after Germany’s defeat.
1955 Disneyland in Anaheim, California opens to invited guests only. More than 30,000 guests showed up to participate in one of the largest theme parks in the world at the time.
1976 The 21st Olympic Games in Montreal opening ceremony is marred by the withdrawal of 25 African countries over New Zealand’s All Black Rugby Union team touring South Africa who were banned from Olympic Competition.
1996 Shortly after takeoff from New York’s Kennedy International Airport, a TWA Boeing 747 jetliner (Flight 800) bound for Paris explodes over the Atlantic, killing all 230 people aboard.
2007 A TAM Airlines Airbus 320 Flight 3054 has overshot the runway at Congonhas-São Paulo International Airport, São Paulo, Brazil as it landed in wet weather and burst into flames killing all 187 people on board and twelve people on the ground. This is the worst air disaster in Brazilian history.
2012 After a secretive two year review on the subject the Boys Scouts of America have decided that they would not change their policy on excluding gay scouts and scout leaders.
2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down over Eastern Ukraine by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.