Sacco & Vanzetti, Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Stockholm Syndrome

On this day: August 23
Japan declares war on Germany and bombs Qingdao, China (1914)

Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact; in a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations (1939)

A bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, turns into a hostage crisis; over the next five days the hostages begin to sympathise with their captors, leading to the term "Stockholm syndrome" (1973)

Successful Communist coup in Laos (1975)

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound (2011)

b: Antonia Novello (1944); d: Ferdinando Sacco, Bartolomeo Vanzetti (1927)

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