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Published:April 23rd, 2008 18:00 EST
It happened today in Vienna, Austria

It happened today in Vienna, Austria

By Krzys Wasilewski


It happened today in Vienna, Austria...

Iran will consider letting the United Nations monitor its nuclear program, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on Wednesday. According to the IAEA spokesperson, the decision is the result of the talks that the agency held with Iranian officials on Monday and Tuesday. It is also a response from Tehran to recent data provided by American diplomats which showed that Iran had still been trying to enrich uranium. For the United States and other countries it means that despite earlier pledges, the government in Tehran is still working on nuclear weapons. Commenting on the IAEA announcement, Iranian President Ahmadinejad said in Tehran: The enemies should know that the Iranian nation is for logic and dialog with any of you if the criteria is justice and respect. " (The Associated Press)


It happened 20 years ago in New York City, NY...

After fourteen years of rocking the charts, The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, left the Billboard. The album was first released on March 17, 1974 due to mild reception in the United States " it kept the first place only for one week. But there was something magic in the hoarse voice of David Gilmour and music composed by the bassist Roger Waters; in Europe, the Dark Side of the Moon became a hit and songs such as On the Run, " Time " and Money " were constantly played by radio stations from London to Berlin to underground Moscow. Overall, the album sold in almost 13 million copies on the old continent with 15 millions bought on the other side of the Atlantic. It was the 6th best selling album in music history. Fourteen years after its debut, the Dark Side of the Moon finally disappeared from the Billboard, following the change of rules. The album is still widely bought all over the world keeping Pink Floyd more alive than ever.

 

It happened 26 years ago in London, England...

ZX Spectrum, one of the first personal computers available for ordinary people, had its debut in England today, in 1982. Designed and built by Rick Dickinson of Sinclair Research Ltd., the Sinclair ZX Spectrum boasted the outstanding speed of 3.5 MHz and up to 128Kb of memory. Surprisingly as it sounds now, back in the early 1980s, these numbers were shocking, with hundreds of people lining up to buy a copy of this state-of-the-art machine. The price varied from 99 pounds to almost 130, depending on the size of memory. The computer was such a success, that it would be produced up to 1990, when newer, faster models overwhelmed the market.


It happened 47 years ago in Algiers, Algeria...

A group of army officers led today a military coup in then French Algeria in 1961 that seriously threatened the democratic system in France. Throughout decades of colonization, Algeria became one of the most important territory of the French empire with millions of Europeans settling down there and treating it as their first home. But after World War II, France was too weak and poor to keep her colonies what spurred many politicians to grand independence to some of them. A referendum carried out on January 8, 1961, proved that such was the will of ordinary Frenchmen who wanted to get rid of expensive and instable territories. For many people in the army, however, leaving Algeria was a hideous act of treason by the government. On April 22, 1961, the insurgents within the army managed to seize most of Algeria`s strategic points, hoping that their success will make civilians in the colony and back in France join their cause. But one day later, President de Gaulle called in a televised speech for order and warned that the insurgency would be quelled with all the available means. Two of the four generals who led the coup were sentenced to 15 years in prison; however, within five years they would be released and integrated back into the army. The other two escaped justice and formed a terrorist organization OAS that would continue the fight.



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