This Day in History

Archived Facts

1994

U.S. president Bill Clinton lifts a nineteen-year-old trade embargo of Vietnam.

1950

U.S. president Harry Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb.

1948

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi.

1996

President of France Jacques Chirac announces France will no longer test nuclear weapons.

1915

The U.S. Congress establishes the United States Coast Guard.

1973

The Paris Peace Accords are signed by officials from the United States and North Vietnam.

2003

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.

1968

North Korea captures the USS Pueblo, claiming the ship violated its territorial waters while spying.

1963

Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer sign the Elysée treaty of cooperation between France and Germany.

1977

U.S. president Jimmy Carter issues an unconditional pardon to Vietnam War draft evaders.

1946

The UN Security Council holds its first session.

1991

Washington announces the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.

1970

The state of Biafra surrenders after a thirty-two-month war for independence from Nigeria.

1953

Josip Broz Tito is sworn in as president of Yugoslavia.

1964

Hindu-Muslim riots break out in Calcutta, resulting in the deaths of 100 people.

1946

The first General Assembly of the United Nations convenes in London.

2005

Mahmoud Abbas wins the election for President of the Palestinian National Authority.

1953

U.S. president Harry Truman announces the development of the hydrogen bomb.

1941

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, making the case for U.S. involvement in World War II, speaks of four universal freedoms in the State of the Union.