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Namibia: Heroes Day


1071 - Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert.
1278 - Ladislaus IV of Hungary and Rudolph I of Germany defeat Premysl Ottokar II of Bohemia in the Battle of Marchfield near Dürnkrut in (then) Moravia.
1303 - Ala ud din Khilji captures Chittorgarh.
1346 - Hundred Years' War: the military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights is established at the Battle of Crécy.
1466 - A conspiracy against Piero di Cosimo de' Medici in Florence, led by Luca Pitti, is discovered.
1498 - Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà.
1748 - The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1768 - The HM Bark Endeavour expedition under Captain James Cook sets sail from England.
1778 - The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
1789 - Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen approved by National Assembly at Palace of Versailles.
1818 - The first Illinois Constitution is signed in Kaskaskia, Illinois, the first state capital of Illinois.
1839 - The ship Amistad is captured off Long Island.
1858 - First news dispatch by telegraph.
1862 - American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run begins.
1883 - Krakatoa volcano eruption.
1914 - World War I: Germany defeats Russia in the Battle of Tannenberg, a decisive engagement which results in the almost complete destruction of the Russian 2nd Army.
1914 - World War I: the British Expeditionary Force briefly checks the German advance at Le Cateau.
1914 - World War I: the German colony of Togoland is invaded by French and British forces, who take it after 5 days.
1920 - The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
1922 - The Turkish Army launches the last attack on Greeks in the Turkish War of Independence.
1924 - (August 13 Old Style) The Catastrophe of Smyrna, known as the Asia Minor Catastrophe to Greeks, occurs. The Ottoman army expels Greeks and other non-Turks from Asia Minor.
1939 - The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in Brooklyn, New York.
1940 - Chad is the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor.
1942 - Holocaust in Chortkiv, western Ukraine: At 2.30 am the German Schutzpolizei starts driving Jews out of their houses, divides them into groups of 120, packs them in freight cars and deports 2000 to Belzec death camp. 500 of the sick and children murdered on the spot.
1944 - World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.
1957 - The USSR announces the successful test of an ICBM – a "super long distance intercontinental multistage ballistic rocket ... a few days ago," according to the Soviet news agency, ITAR-TASS.
1968 - The Democratic National Convention opens in Chicago, Illinois.
1970 - The the new feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, leads a nation-wide Women's Strike for Equality.
1971 - The United States Congress declares August 26th as an annual Women's Equality Day.
1977 - The Charter of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec
1978 - Papal conclave, 1978 (August): Pope John Paul I is elected to the Papacy.
1978 - Sigmund Jähn becomes first German cosmonaut on board of the Soyuz 31 spacecraft.
1980 - John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.
1983 - Flooding destroys most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain.
1987 - President Ronald Reagan proclaims September 11, 1987 as 9-1-1 Emergency Number Day.
1988 - Mehran Karimi Nasseri arrives at Charles de Gaulle International Airport.
1996 - Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy
1997 - Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
1999 - Michael Johnson breaks the 400 metres world record with a time of 43.18 seconds.
1999 - Second Chechen War begins.
2000 - Clint Mathis breaks the Major League Soccer record of most goals scored in a match by scoring 5 goals against FC Dallas.
2002 - Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.
2003 - The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
2008 - Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.



18 MarchAnniversary of the Death of President Said Mohamed Cheikh
1 MayLabour Day
25 MayAfrican Liberation Day
29 MayAnniversary of the Death of President Ali Soilih
6 JulyIndependence Day
6 JulyEnd of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr)
7 JulyEnd of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr)
8 JulyEnd of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr)
11 SeptemberSacrifice Feast (Eid El Adha)
12 SeptemberSacrifice Feast (Eid El Adha)
2 OctoberIslamic New Year (El am Hejir)
11 OctoberDay of Ashura (10 dzień Muhharam)
26 NovemberAnniversary of the Death of President Ahmed Abdallah
25 DecemberChristmas
27 DecemberBirth of the Prophet (Mouloud)
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Union of the Comoros
Union des Comores, الإتـحـاد القـمـري, Al-Ittihad al-Kumuri, Udzima wa Komori
Union of the Comoros - FlagUnion of the Comoros - Coat of arms
Union of the Comoros - Location
Capital: Moroni
Official languages: Arabic, Comorian, French
Government: Republic
Currency: Comoro Franc (KMF)
Population: 671 247
Area: 2 170 km²
Religion: Islam
Time Zone: UTC +3
Auto Code: COM
Internet TLD: .km
Calling code: +269
Corporate Income Tax: 50%
Personal Income Tax: 30%
Value Added Tax: 10%
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