On this day: the execution of Henry Wirz

Henry Wirz, a Swiss-born Confederate commandant of Andersonville Prison (Camp Sumter), was executed in the shadow of the US Capitol on the 10th of November, 1865.

He was only one of two men executed for war crimes in the American Civil War.

Today the US Supreme Court sits on the site of the execution.

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On this day: the first Eurovision Song Contest

Official logo of the Eurovision Song Contest 1956. First Contest.

The first Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland on the 24th of May, 1956.

Lys Assia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lugano in 1956.

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The contest was won by Swiss singer Lys Assia, who would go on to compete for the next two years.