Britannica Reports This Day in History
On this day in 1952, the Free Officers, a nationalistic military group led by Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser, engineered a coup that overthrew King Farouk I of Egypt, ending the monarchy and bringing Nasser to power.
More Events on this day:
1997: Slobodan Miloevi became president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (comprising Serbia and Montenegro) after serving as president of Serbia from 1989.
1970: Sultan Sa'd ibn Taymr of Oman was overthrown by his son, Qaboos bin Said, in a palace coup.
1945: Marshal Philippe Pétain of France went on trial for treason during World War II.
1844: Attilio and Emilio Bandiera were executed along with nine others following a failed revolt against Austrian rule in Italy.
685: John V was consecrated pope, succeeding St. Benedict II.