Monday, April 27, 2009

On April 27

On this day in ...
... 1984 (25 years ago today), Britain's siege of of the Libyan Embassy in London ended when the 30 diplomats within "simply walked out." The incident had begun 11 days earlier, during a demonstration against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi; 25-year-old British police officer Yvonne Fletcher had been shot dead during that demonstration. "In 1999, Libya admitted 'general responsibility'" for the killing of Fletcher (right), according to the BBC, "and agreed to pay compensation to her family." No individual ever was charged with her death, which her family commemorated in a 25th anniversary ceremony earlier this month.
... 1992, the end of World War II came nearer as Soviet and American troops met at the Elbe River south of Berlin, thus cutting Nazi Germany's army in 2.
... 1956, U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.) was born in Cresskill, N.J. She won the office by defeating Republican incumbent Marilyn Musgrave in the November 2008 election.

(Prior April 27 posts are here and here.)

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