588 BC: Nebuchandnezzar II, ruler of Babylon, begins the siege of Jerusalem when Jews revolt under the puppet he’d put on the throne of Judea, King Zedekiah. Jerusalem is destroyed about a year later.
1889: The Coca-Cola company is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia. For many years (to this day) Coca-Cola’s reputation in the Middle East is so bedeviled by false rumors and libels that the company is forced to devote a page on its Web site dedicated to fighting the rumors.
1970: Muammar al-Qaddafi, who led a coup in Libya on Sept. 1, declares himself prime minister and defense minister when Mahmoud Soleiman Al-Maghrebi, who’d been the prime minister under the new regime, resigns.
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1991: The United Nations Security Council’s deadline for Iraq to withdraw its troops from Kuwait expires, opening the way for the first President Bush’s attack on Saddam Hussein’s forces in Kuwait and Iraq.