Historical Political Events for July 8

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Year Event
1853 Admiral Perry opens Japan.
1894 US military lands in Nicaragua to protect American interests during local unrest, July 6-August 7.
1894 Federal troops killed 34 American Railway Union members in Chicago while attempting to break a strike.
1960 The United States suspends the Cuban sugar quota, effectively cutting off 80 percent of Cuban exports to the United States. The following day, the Soviet Union agrees to buy sugar previously destined for the U.S. market. On October 6, citing the suspension of the sugar quota, Cuba nationalizes U.S. private investments on the island worth approximately one billion dollars.
1969 US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam.
1989 Jack Kemp, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, acknowledged that an estimated $2 billion had been lost due to fraud and mismanagement during the tenure of his predecessor Samuel Pierce. Of course, nothing changed.
1998 The Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist group that controls most of Afghanistan, announces a ban on television sets, videocassette recorders, videotapes, and satellite dishes. The measure is intended to seal Afghanistan from outside influences. (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
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