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Today in History

2017-05-18

On this day in 1955, Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War, ended.

 

On this day in 1990, in France, a modified TGV train achieved a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h(320.2 mph).

 

On this day in 2006, the post Loktantra Andolan government passed a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.

 

On this day in 2009, the LTTE were defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fightingbetween the two sides.