This Day in History

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2009

Honduran soldiers forcibly remove President Manuel Zelaya from office.

1950

U.S. President Harry Truman announces he is ordering forces to South Korea to repel invasion by communist North Korea.

2010

Julia Gillard becomes the first female prime minister of Australia.

1985

The terrorist bombing of Air India Flight 182 kills 329 over the Atlantic Ocean.

1941

Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union during Operation Barbarossa.

1900

Pressured by the Boxer Rebels, Empress Dowager Cixi of China declares war on foreign powers.

1991

Following Germany’s reunification, the Bundestag votes to move its headquarters from Bonn to Berlin.

1967

China announces its first successful thermonuclear test.

1858

U.S. Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln delivers his “house divided” speech, warning of a national crisis over slavery.

1215

England’s King John signs the Magna Carta, establishing principle that the king is subject to the law.

1775

The Continental Army, the precursor to the U.S. Army, is established.

2000

The presidents of North and South Korea meet during the first Inter-Korean Summit.

1965

The Viet Cong begins a major battle with U.S. and South Vietnamese forces at Dong Xoai.

2009

North Korea sentences two U.S. journalists to twelve years of hard labor for illegal entry.

1948

Czechoslovakia’s President Edvard Benes resigns amid growing Communist influence in the country.

1944

Allies launch invasion of Normandy to oust German occupying forces from Western Europe.

2006

Montenegro declares independence from Serbia, dissolving the union left from the former Yugoslavia.

2012

Deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak receives a life sentence for complicity in the killings of antigovernment protesters.