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Does any country have an official celebration for the annexation of foreign territory?

Turkey celebrates "Conquest Day" on May 29th to commemorate the Fall of Constantinople. On this occasion in 1453 the Ottomans took the Byzantine capital, and then made it their own capital. American ...
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Normandy: Why did the landing craft open on the front?

The LCVP or Higgins boat was designed with one primary goal: to land a large number of troops quickly. Therefore it was important that: Troops can disembark as quickly as possible LCVPs can land ...
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Does any country have an official celebration for the annexation of foreign territory?

Yes, there are at least two such cases. Guanacaste Day is celebrated in Costa Rica to commemorate the annexation Guanacaste province from Nicaragua in 1824. However, my very brief research indicates ...
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Normandy: Why did the landing craft open on the front?

They still do it that way: LCU Replacement in Preliminary Design, Anticipating 2022 Fleet Debut If the beaches are heavily defended, the Navy is supposed to bombard them prior to the landing. ...
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What prevented the Mongolian Empire from expanding into Europe?

Three factors. 1) The death of Ögedei Khan forced the hordes rampaging through Europe under Subutai to break off and return for the Kuraltai to choose a successor. Interrupting their hard-earned ...
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Why did China annex Tibet?

The other two answers speak in terms of Tibet's legal status; and these answers, while correct, don't properly explain why Tibet is important to China. This answer relates entirely to geography. The ...
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Does any country have an official celebration for the annexation of foreign territory?

Yes. Romania celebrates on December 1 (Great Union Day) the annexation of Transylvania from Austria-Hungary.
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What are the primary sources for the Mongol sack of Baghdad?

The source containing the most detail is probably al-Ḥawādit̠ al-ğāmiʿa wa-l-tağārib al-nāfiʿa fī l-miʾa l-sābiʿa, a local history of Baghdad under Mongol rule. It was previously attributed to the ...
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Does any country have an official celebration for the annexation of foreign territory?

On 6 November every year, Morocco celebrates the Green March, which led to the claimed annexation of Western Sahara (which had been held by the Spanish until that time) by Morocco.
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Why didn't invaders of India ever cross into Myanmar and beyond (east)?

The region to east of Bengal is Myanmar. In between them, the Himalayan foothills taper off rather abruptly into the Bay of Bengal. They still form quite a formidable obstacle. Southeast Asia itself ...
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Does any country have an official celebration for the annexation of foreign territory?

In the current form of the question, I'd suggest Germany, Italy. Caveats apply. Germany One question in the comments below the original question that arose displays nicely how flawed the concept ...
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Why were people from the Asian Steppes able to militarily dominate Europeans on a repeated basis?

Here is an outline of a few sentences distilled from many long paragraphs at my previously mentioned website. The apparent military superiority of the horse-mounted nomads of central Eurasia during ...
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Why did China annex Tibet?

tl;dr Why invade? Because government, in order to be legitimate (I'm using the term "legitimate" in the same sense as Fukyama - that the citizens perceive the government's actions as ...
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Does any country have an official celebration for the annexation of foreign territory?

Not a complete country, but a faction within the country. William III invaded Britain, with popular support from the majority-Protestant population. Northern Irish Protestants still celebrate the ...
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Does any country have an official celebration for the annexation of foreign territory?

A lot of polities or part of them have been founded as result of the conquest of their territory. Therefore, commemorating the conquest mixes with commemorating the founding of the polity. Istanbul ...
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Why did China annex Tibet?

The short version is that to the minds of a lot of Chinese, that was historically Chinese territory. They were just reclaiming what was theirs. A lot of modern Chinese territorial claims go back to ...
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What prevented the Mongolian Empire from expanding into Europe?

A very important reason was the death of Genghis Khan, the "maximum leader" in 1227. This caused his Empire to be divided into four "Khanates" (see bottom of link), Russia (yellow), the Middle East (...
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Why didn't invaders of India ever cross into Myanmar and beyond (east)?

It's mainly because of terrain. Between Bengal and Burma there are Himalayan foothills. Hundred of Kilometer long dense forest and high hills made it virtually impossible to mobilize troops in large ...
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Does any country have an official celebration for the annexation of foreign territory?

Spain's National Day is celebrated on October 12th, the day Columbus (re)discovered the American continent in 1492. Given that every discovered territory was subsequently claimed by the Spanish Crown ...
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Did the Yuan Dynasty ever occupy Hainan?

Yes. Under the Yuan Empire, Hainan Island was administered as part of the Huguang Province. The Mongolians took the island when they conquered the Song Dynasty. Partial Chinese rule stretches back to ...
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Why did the US invade Cuba in such a weak manner?

An invasion by US armed forces would have worked, but would also have been deeply illegal, since it would have been a war of aggression. It would also likely have precipitated a war with the Soviet ...
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Interpreting two recent studies on Aryan Invasion/Migration theory?

The first paper basically says that genetically, some remains dated around 2500BCE from an Indus Valley Civilization individual show no central Asian (presumably Indo-European) component. The second ...
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Could Romania have remained neutral in WWII?

Based in historical facts, we might say that Romania was not neutral by then. Russia occupied Bessarabia and Bukovina from Romania early in the war. Hence, Romania neutrality was already violated. It ...
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Who is the most recent (non Bush) father son pair who have invaded the Middle East?

I have an example of three generations of a European family invading the Middle East. Fredrick I Barbarossa, Emperor of the Romans, lead a large army in the Third Crusade but drowned when crossing a ...
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Who is the most recent (non Bush) father son pair who have invaded the Middle East?

If we're allowed to expand the definition of the "Middle East" (and possibly also "invasion") a little, Russian Tsar Nicholas I died on March 2, 1855 in the middle of the Crimean War, and his son ...
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Does any country have an official celebration for the annexation of foreign territory?

Italy also has a (not too much celebrated, not a bank holiday) official celebration for its unification, after Piedmont had "liberated" most of the peninsula. But a man's unification/liberation is ...
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How were the invasions of Korea by the Mongols and the Manchus similar?

Really the only strategic similarity you've pointed out is the value of an island fortress. Looking into it deeper, I'm not sure there's much more to it than that. The core of the Mongol army was ...
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What prevented the Mongolian Empire from expanding into Europe?

The Death of Ogedei Khan in December of 1241 is the most attributed reason for the discontinuation of the invasion of Europe. Batu, son of Jochi, son of Genghis was the supreme commander over the ...
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Does any country have an official celebration for the annexation of foreign territory?

Israel – Jerusalem Day Another instance would be Jerusalem day: Jerusalem Day (Hebrew: יום ירושלים‎, Yom Yerushalayim) is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem ...
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