July 25 – On this day: 48 years since Nixon handed over watergate tapes to Supreme Court

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The tapes were required for the trial of six former Nixon aides involved in the cover-up of the break-in at the Democratic Party HQ in the Watergate complex in Washington DC. Eighteen crucial minutes of a meeting were found to be missing from the tapes.

79 years ago (1943) As the Allied invasion of Italy gained ground in the south, dictator Benito Mussolini was forced to step down and arrested.

King Victor Emmanuel assumed command of the country’s armed forces and Marshal Pietro Badoglio was appointed PM.

30 years ago (1992) The Olympic Games opened in Barcelona, Spain, the first since 1972 without any boycotts and with many former Eastern Bloc countries participating for the first time under their own flags.

The opening ceremony included Montserrat Caballe performing the Games’ anthem Barcelona, written by Queen’s Freddie Mercury, who had died a year earlier.

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