This Day in History

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1980

U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces a boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow as a reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

1992

South Africans vote in a national referendum to end apartheid.

1992

A car bomb at the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires kills 29 and injures 242. The Islamic Jihad Organization, linked to Hezbollah and Iran, claims responsibility.

2014

Under controversial circumstances, Crimea votes to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

2011

Peaceful protestors in Damascus demand reforms from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, triggering what becomes the Syrian civil war.

1978

The Israeli Defense Forces invade southern Lebanon, aiming to push Palestinian militants out of the region.

2004

A terrorist attack on Madrid's metro system kills 191 and injures nearly 2,000.

1959

Concerned over the Dalai Lama’s safety, tens of thousands of Tibetans protest Chinese occupation in Lhasa.

1817

The New York Stock Exchange is founded.

1936

German troops reoccupy the demilitarized Rhineland, violating the Treaty of Versailles.

1933

FDR outlines the New Deal during his inaugural address, which aims at bringing about economic recovery, relief to the unemployed, and reform to the financial system.

1938

Workers for Standard Oil of California strike oil in Saudi Arabia, marking the first major oil find in the Middle East.

1807

The U.S. Congress passes legislation prohibiting the importation of slaves, but not abolishing slavery.

1961

President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.

1996

The Bosnian government declares that the four-year siege of the capital, Sarajevo, is over.

1993

A terrorist attack at the World Trade Center kills six people and injures more than a thousand.

1984

An explosion caused by a gas leak destroys a shantytown near São Paulo, Brazil, killing at least 500 people.

2008

Cuba's National Assembly elects Raul Castro as president.