This Day in History

Archived Facts

2006

North Korea's foreign ministry announces that the country possesses nuclear weapons.

1950

During a speech in Wheeling, WV, Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R–WI) claims he has a list of "known communists" who work in the U.S. State Dept.

1904

Japan attacks Russia-controlled Port Arthur, sparking the Russo-Japanese War.

1917

U.S. Congress passes the Immigration Act, banning immigrants from much of Asia and requiring a literacy test.

1969

Yasser Arafat is elected chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

1994

President Bill Clinton lifts the U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam.

1971

Idi Amin declares himself president of Uganda after seizing power in a coup.

1979

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after fifteen years of exile.

1979

President Jimmy Carter welcomes China's Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to White House following establishment of diplomatic relations.

1986

The U.S. space shuttle Challenger explodes after takeoff, killing all seven crew members.

1973

Paris peace accords signed, ending Vietnam war.

1991

Somali rebels overthrow President Mohammed Siad Barre.

2011

Antigovernment protests kick off in Egypt that eventually lead to end of Hosni Mubarak’s presidency.

1905

Mass killing of protesters marks start of Russian Revolution.

1924

Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 54.

1990

Soviet army cracks down on pro-independence demonstrations in Baku, Azerbaijan.

1981

The U.S. and Iran sign a deal to release 52 Americans held hostage for fourteen months.

1943

Construction is completed on the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

1943

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and French resistance leaders meet in Casablanca to finalize Allied strategy against Axis powers.