July 13, 1943 – Largest tank battle in history ends

July 13, 1943 – Largest tank battle in history ends

The Battle of Kursk, involving some 6,000 tanks, two million men, and 5,000 aircraft, ends with the German offensive repulsed by the Soviets at heavy cost.

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July 2, 1900 – Zeppelin demonstrates airship

July 2, 1900 – Zeppelin demonstrates airship

In the sky over Germany’s Lake Constance, Count Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, a retired Prussian army officer, successfully demonstrates the world’s first rigid airship.

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June 18, 1940 – Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich

June 18, 1940 – Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich

On this day in 1940, Benito Mussolini arrives in Munich with his foreign minister, Count Ciano, to discuss immediate plans with the Fuhrer, and doesn’t like what he hears.

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June 14, 1940 – Germans enter Paris

June 14, 1940 – Germans enter Paris

On this day in 1940, Parisians awaken to the sound of a German-accented voice announcing via loudspeakers that a curfew was being imposed for 8 p.m. that evening-as German troops enter and occupy Paris

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June 8, 1986 – Waldheim elected Austrian president

June 8, 1986 – Waldheim elected Austrian president

At the end of a controversial campaign marked by allegations that he had participated in Nazi atrocities during World War II, former United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim is elected president of Austria, a largely ceremonial post.

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