Every year on June 2nd Italians celebrate the anniversary of birth of the Italian Republic. This important event of Italian contemporary history is celebrated in Italy with military parades and speeches delivered by the President. Before the end of World War II and of the Fascist regime headed by Benito Mussolini Italy was a monarchy ruled by the House of Savoia. In 1946, after being defeated in the war, Italy became a republic a result of the outcome of a popular referendum.
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