At A Glance

1881 1600 police and volunteers attack Maori settlement at Parihaka in western Taranaki which had become the symbol of protest against the confiscation of Maori land, New Zealand.

1914 Britain declares war on Turkey and annexes Cyprus, occupied since 1878; the immediate reason is to keep it from being taken by Turkey.

1937 Adolf Hitler informs his military leaders in a secret meeting of his intentions of going to war.

1942 Nazi raid on Greek Jews in Paris.

1943 Vatican in Rome bombed by unknown source.

1979 Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini declares US “The Great Satan”.

1987 South Africa ANC leader Govan Mbeki freed.

1995 André Dallaire attempts to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien; he is thwarted when the PM’s wife locks the door.

2006 Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi’as in 1982.

2014 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key rules out sending troops to fight against Islamic State but claims there are 40 New Zealanders on “terror watchlist”.

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