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Today in History
Thursday, 11 August 2022
2003
A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to {{Convert|112|°F|°C}}, leaving about 144 people dead.
NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
1999
A total Solar eclipse (Solar eclipse of August 11, 1999)
The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.
1982
A bomb explodes on Pan Am Flight 830, ''en route'' from Tokyo to Honolulu, killing one teenager and injuring 15 passengers.
1975
East Timor: Governor Mário Lemos Pires of Portuguese Timor abandons the capital Dili, following a coup by the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) and the outbreak of civil war between UDT and Fretilin.
1972
Vietnam War: the last United States ground combat unit departs South Vietnam.
1965
Race riots (the Watts riots) begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California.
1960
Chad declares independence.
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