This Day in History

Archived Facts

2012

Severe flooding displaces 85,000 people in Myanmar.

1991

A coup attempt launched by hardline Communists against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev fails.

1968

The Warsaw Pact invades Czechoslovakia to halt "Prague Spring" liberalization reforms.

1953

The Shah returns to power in Iran following a coup supported by U.S. and British intelligence agencies.

1920

The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, giving women the right to vote.

2005

Israel begins to evict settlers in the Gaza Strip as part of a disengagement plan.

1974

Turkey launches a second offensive in Cyprus, capturing northern Cyprus.

1961

Construction of the Berlin Wall begins.

1992

The United States, Canada, and Mexico complete negotiations on the North America Free Trade Agreement.

2003

NATO takes command of the ISAF peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, NATO’s first deployment outside of Europe.

2006

UK authorities uncover a plot to use liquid explosives to attack as many as ten U.S.-bound planes.

1940

The Soviet Union annexes Estonia, days after annexing Lithuania and Latvia.

1962

Nelson Mandela is arrested for inciting worker strikes in South Africa.

1944

Anne Frank and her family are arrested by Nazi police in Amsterdam.

1914

Germany and France declare war on each other, escalating World War I.

1991

The United States and Soviet Union sign the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.