Today In History: The US and allies commenced the invasion of Iraq

1916 - First U.S. air combat mission begins. The Aero Squadron takes off from Columbus, New Mexico to join Gen. John J. Pershing and his Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa in Mexico.

1931 - The state of Nevada legalizes gambling in an attempt to lift the state out of the hard times of the Great Depression,

1935 - The British opened
fire on 20,000 Muslims in India, killing 23.

1945 - The commander of the German Home Army, Gen. Friedrich Fromm, is shot by a firing squad for his part in the July plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler.

1953 - For the first time, audiences are able to sit in their living rooms and watch as the movie world’s most prestigious honors, the Academy Awards, are given out at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California

1971 - An earthquake sets off a series of calamities—a landslide, flood and avalanche–that results in the destruction of the town of Chungar, Peru, and the death of 600 of its inhabitants

2003 - On this day, the United States, along with coalition forces primarily from the United Kingdom, initiates war on Iraq.


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