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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Wednesday, 20 September 2017
 
  1519
Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set out from Seville, Spain, with five ships and 265 men, on a voyage to circumnavigate the world.

  1857
British troops recaptured Delhi from the rebellious sepoys, ending the revolt of 1857.

 

1934
The famous Italian actress and screen legend, Sophia Loren was born.


  1946
The first Cannes Film Festival opened in the French Riviera.

  1973
Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the much-publicized ‘Battle of the Sexes’ tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.

  2002
A rock-ice slide occurred on the slope of Mount Kazbek in Russia due to the partial collapse of the Kolka glacier, killing around 125 people.

  2008
A massive truck bomb blast exploded at the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, killing more than 50 people.

  2010
Jupiter came closest to Earth since 1963, becoming the brightest object in the night sky after the Moon. It will come this close next only in 2022.

  2011
Burhanuddin Rabbani, the former President of Afghanistan, was killed in a suicide bombing at his home in Kabul while meeting with a Taliban delegation to discuss a possible peace deal.

 

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