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September 18, 1961

Hammarskjöld Dies in Plane Crash

Renowned secretary-general of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld dies in a plane crash on this day. Hammarskjöld, the son of a former Swedish prime minister, was elected to the top U.N. post in 1953 and in 1957 was unanimously re-elected. During his second term, he initiated and directed the United...

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September 18, 1980

"Les Misérables" Opens in Paris

Les Misérables (which translates literally as "The Miserable Ones"and is often colloquially shortened to '"Les Mis") is considered by many the world's most successful musical. Although it opened in 1980, it actually takes its inspiration from the famous 1862 French novel of the same name, written by...

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September 18, 1898

Britain and France Face Off in the Fashoda Incident

After a months-long hostile standoff over territorial influence in Africa, France, and Britain were brought to the brink of an imperial war, and eventually, an entente that lasts to this day, during the Fashoda Incident, on this day in history in 1898. The 19th century saw European colonia...

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