On this Day, 22 June: France falls to Germany in the second world WAR

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The French and the Nazi leaders prepare to sign the second armistice at Compi├Ęgne, France, to Ferdinand Foch’s Railway Car on June 22, 1949. File Photo courtesy of the German armed forces

On this date in history:

In 1918, an empty troop train rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train in Ivanhoe, Ind., killing 53 circus performers and many animals. The circus train had stopped to fix his brakes.

In 1940, the fall of France to Germany during the second World War. Nazi and French leaders have signed the second armistice at Compi├Ęgne, France, in Ferdinand Foch’s Railway carriage.

In 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union.

In 1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a commitment to try to avoid a nuclear war.

In 1977, the former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell is entered in a federal prison for Watergate crimes. He was released for medical reasons 19 months later.

In 2012, accused child molester Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of 45 sex abuse charges. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison and died in 2018.

File Photo by George M Powers/UPI

In 2012, accused child molester Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of 45 sex abuse charges. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

In 2019, a seven-story building under construction in Cambodia collapsed, killing two dozen construction workers sleeping inside.

File Photo by Ros Pina/EPA-EFE



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