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The first African American is nominated for the presidency

Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was selected as the nominee, becoming the first African-American to secure the presidential nomination of any major political party in the United States. Obama received enough superdelegate endorsements to claim that he had secured the simple majority of delegates necessary to win the nomination. He was nominated on the 1st ballot, at the August convention.

IRA bomb kills Queen's cousin

In 1979, Mountbatten went lobster-potting and tuna fishing in his 30-foot wooden boat, Shadow V, which had been moored in the harbor at Mullaghmore. IRA member Thomas McMahon had slipped onto the unguarded boat that night and attached a radio-controlled bomb weighing 50 pounds. The boat was destroyed by the force of the blast, and Mountbatten's legs were almost blown off.

Germany signs war-preventing Kellogg-Briand Pact

The Kellogg–Briand Pact is a 1928 international agreement in which signatory states promised not to use war to resolve disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them. It was signed by Germany, France, and the United States in August 1928, and by most other states soon after.

The shortest war in world history

The Anglo-Zanzibar War was a military conflict fought between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate in August 1896. The conflict lasted between 38 and 45 minutes, marking it as the shortest recorded war in history. The immediate cause of the war was the death of the pro-British Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini and the subsequent succession of Sultan Khalid bin Barghash.

The first oil is drilled from the US soil

The Drake Well is a 69.5-foot-deep oil well in Cherrytree Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania, the success of which sparked the first oil boom in the US. The well is the centerpiece of the Drake Well Museum located 3 miles south of Titusville. Drilled by Edwin Drake in 1859, along with the banks of Oil Creek, it is the first commercial oil well in the US.

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