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On June 3rd, 1839, Chinese troops burned 20,000 crates of British opium, leading to Britain initiating a “trade war” of aggression. It became known as the First Opium War. The purpose of it was to force China to import an addictive drug, in order to allow the British Empire to profit off of the misery of the Chinese people.

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On June 2nd, 1831, workers in the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil marched on the Castle Inn, where local bosses and magistrates were meeting with the High Sheriff of Glamorgan. Workers demanded a reduction in the price of bread and an increase in wages. When their demands were rejected, they attacked the inn, rioted, and took over the town, marching under a red flag. It took the 93rd (Highland) Regiment over a week to restore the status quo. The rebellion later came to be known as the Merthyr Rising.

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On May 18th, 1993, riot police in Copenhagen opened fire with live ammunition on a crowd of protesters, for the first time since World War 2, injuring 11.

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The slave-owning nation of the United States attacked the free nation of Mexico on April 25th, 1846, ultimately annexing most of it and later declaring Mexicans to be somehow foreign. As the war dragged on, thousands of US troops deserted from the ranks of the Army. 202 of them — mostly Irish but including various other nationalities, such as Poles — took desertion a big step further, and formed the Mexican Army’s only foreign legion, the St Patrick Battalion.

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