This Day in History

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1973

Basque militants assassinate Spanish dictator Francisco Franco's designated successor, Luis Carrero Blanco.

1776

Thomas Paine's "The American Crisis, No. I" inspires American troops at the hard-fought Battle of Trenton.

2008

Senior Rwandan military official Thenoneste Bagosora is convicted of genocide by a UN-backed tribunal.

2010

Twenty-six-year-old vendor Mohammed Bouazizi sets himself on fire, setting in motion revolution in Tunisia.

1950

President Truman declares a state of emergency to fight "Communist imperialism" in Korea.

2003

U.S. forces capture ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein .

1963

Kenya gains its independence from Britain.

1941

Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, bringing it into the European theater of World War II.

1948

The UN General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

1987

The first riots of the Palestinian intifada begin in the Gaza Strip.

1904

Theodore Roosevelt stakes out a new role for the United States as the policeman of the Americas.

1995

Sri Lankan forces drive Tamil Tiger guerrillas out of the provincial capital of Jaffna.

1992

President George H.W. Bush orders 28,000 U.S. troops to Somalia on a humanitarian mission.

1989

U.S. president Bush and Soviet premier Gorbachev signal the close of the Cold War at the Malta Summit.

1823

The United States cautions against European influence in the Western hemisphere with the Monroe Doctrine.

1947

The United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine.

1978

The militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is founded in Turkey.

1949

India's constitution is adopted.

1986

President Reagan publicly addresses the Iran-Contra affair.