By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Facing wide criticism, including from the National Parks Service, an auction house has canceled plans to sell the skull of a Civil War soldier and military relics found near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But late on Monday, auctioneer Thomas Taylor of the Hagerstown, Maryland-based company said the skull would be handed over to the National Park Service at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The park service had earlier called for the skull to be donated for burial in the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg, alongside the bones of other unknown soldiers. The Battle of Gettysburg, which lasted three days in 1863, is often described as the turning point of the Civil War.
Seventy years ago, more than 1,200 aircraft formed an assault on the coast of western Europe as part of Operation Overlord, the code name for the Battle of Normandy — also known as D-Day and commemorated in the U.K. on Monday by the spectacular aerobatics of the Royal Air Force's nine-jet Red Arrows display team.