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On This Day: Suicidal Pilot Crashes German Aircraft

Andreas Lubitz, was previously treated for suicidal tendencies and declared "unfit to work" by his doctor. Lubitz kept this information from his employer and instead reported for duty

On This Day: How “O.K” Came Into General Use

Meant as an abbreviation for “oll correct,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech

On This Day: The Birth of the African Giant Tycoon, Tony Elumelu

Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu was born in Jos, Nigeria. Elumelu is from Onicha-Ukwu in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. He is a Nigerian economist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

On This Day: Jack Dorsey Founds Twitter

Twitter is an American micro-blogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets".

On This Day: Genesis of the USA’s War on Iraq

President George W. Bush announced in a televised address, “At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.”

On This Day: The Birth of Wells Fargo and Company

Wells Fargo & Company is an American multinational financial services company. The company has operations in 35 countries with over 70 million customers globally

On This Day: The Death of American Activist Rachel Corrie

American activist Rachel Corrie, 23, was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while trying to block demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.

On This Day: The Murder of Julius Caesar

The conspiracy against Caesar encompassed as many as sixty noblemen, including Caesar's own protege, Marcus Brutus.

On This Day: South Africa’s 1913 Discriminatory Marriage Law

In 1913, the South African Supreme Court declared that marriages not celebrated according to Christian rites and/or not registered by the Registrar of Marriages, are invalid.

On This Day: Sale of Coca-Cola in Reusable Bottles

Invented by John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was originally developed as a non-addictive substitute for morphine, then marketed as a non-alcoholic drink

On This Day: Didier Drogba, Football Prodigy, was Born

Didier Drogba is an Ivorian retired professional footballer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, where he has scored more goals than any other foreign player .

On This Day: The Birth of the World’s Most Feared Terrorist

Under Bin Laden's leadership, al-Qaeda was responsible for the September 11 attacks in the United States, and many other mass-casualty attacks worldwide. 

On This Day: The Ruling of the Amistad Slave Ship Mutiny

Today in history (1841), the United States Supreme Court ruled on Amistad slave ship mutiny case with only one dissent, that the enslaved Africans who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally forced into slavery, and thus are free under American law.

On This Day: Alexander Graham Bell Received Patent for his Revolutionary Invention

On this day, the 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his revolutionary new invention: the telephone.

On This Day: Remembering The Death of David Dunbar Buick

Buick was a Scottish-born American Detroit-based inventor best known for founding the Buick Motor Company.

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