The Indus Valley Civilization (fl. 2800 BCE–1800 BCE) was an ancient
civilization that is so named because its first excavated sites,
Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, were on the Indus river in the northwest of
the Indian sub-continent in present day Pakistan. At its height
around 2200 BCE, the Indus Civilization covered an area larger than
Europe, centered on Mohenjo Daro on the Indus River. The nomenclature
Sindhu-Sarasvati Civilization was introduced into Indian textbooks in
2002, as a new designation for the well-known Indus Valley
civilization. The addition of "Saraswati," an ancient river central
to Hindu myth, is meant to show (or make believe) that Indus Valley
civilization was actually part of Vedic civilization. Research which
identifies the civilization's location with the Vedic Sarasvati river
system mentioned in ancient literature is speculative.
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1718 Off the coast of North Carolina, English pirate Edward
Teach (best known as "Blackbeard") was killed in battle by
a boarding party from HMS Pearl.
1963 In Dallas, Texas, U.S. President John F. Kennedy was
assassinated, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was
sworn-in as the 36th President of the United States.
1975 Juan Carlos was declared King of Spain following the death
of Francisco Franco.
1986 Mike Tyson became the youngest world heavyweight-boxing
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