Sunday, January 27, 2019

On This Day in History

January 27, 2019

Historical Events

661  Rashidun Caliphate, then the largest empire in history, ends with death of Ali. Succeeded by the Umayyad Caliphate
1820  Russian Antarctic expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausenand Mikhail Lazarev discover the continent of Antarctica
1825  U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the "Trail of Tears"
1888  The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. for "the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge"
1924  Lenin placed in Mausoleum in Red Square, Moscow
1944  Siege of Leningrad lifted by the Soviets after 880 days and more than 2 million Russians killed
1945  Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps in Poland
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