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    I have just read a news article with title "July 19 in History".
    The article has three sentences that I don't understand.

    .............................July 19 in History....................................

    1997 The IRA announces ceasefire in Northern Ireland.
    1949 Laos becomes an independent state within the French Union.
    1877 The first Wimbledon tennis tournament takes place; it is won by Spencer Gore.
    As you know, three events happend in the past and we have to use simple past tense to express it. However, the above sentences are written by using simple tense and it make me confused.
    What do you think?
    Would you tell me the reasons for it?
    Thanks for help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    I have just read a news article with title "July 19 in History".
    The article has three sentences that I don't understand.

    .............................July 19 in History....................................

    1997 The IRA announces ceasefire in Northern Ireland.
    1949 Laos becomes an independent state within the French Union.
    1877 The first Wimbledon tennis tournament takes place; it is won by Spencer Gore.
    As you know, three events happend in the past and we have to use simple past tense to express it. However, the above sentences are written by using simple tense and it make me confused.
    What do you think?
    Would you tell me the reasons for it?
    Thanks for help!
    It's called the "Historical Present", you can read about it here: Historical present - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: announces/becomes/takes place

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    I have just read a news article with title "July 19 in History".
    The article has three sentences that I don't understand.

    .............................July 19 in History....................................

    1997 The IRA announces ceasefire in Northern Ireland.
    1949 Laos becomes an independent state within the French Union.
    1877 The first Wimbledon tennis tournament takes place; it is won by Spencer Gore.
    As you know, three events happend in the past and we have to use simple past tense to express it. However, the above sentences are written by using simple tense and it make me confused.
    What do you think?
    Would you tell me the reasons for it?
    Thanks for help!
    It's the historical present. You can read about it here and elsewhere:
    historical present - definition and examples of the historic or dramatic present tense

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