This Day in History

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1956

Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia join the United Nations.

2001

President George W. Bush addresses the United Nations, asking for help in combating global terrorism.

2002

Iran bans all advertising of American products as a "symbolic gesture" against the United States’ support for Israel.

1944

The first weapons-grade plutonium is produced at Hanford Atomic Facility in Washington state.

1872

Suffragist Susan B. Anthony is fined one hundred dollars for trying to vote in the United States presidential elections.

1995

Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated in Tel Aviv by a right-wing Israeli extremist.

1986

Ash-Shiraa magazine breaks the story that the United States had been secretly supplying weapons to Iran in exchange for freeing hostages.

1998

Saddam Hussein announces his government will no longer cooperate with UN weapons inspectors.

1983

Argentina holds its first democratic elections after seven years of military rule.

2013

Turkey opens the Marmaray sea tunnel across the Bosphorus Strait, allowing trains to cross from Europe to Asia for the first time.

1962

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev orders withdrawal of Soviet missiles from Cuba, ending the Cuban Missile Crisis.

2005

Riots begin in France after the death of two Muslim teenagers; the government declares a state of emergency a week later.

1986

Britain breaks diplomatic relations with Syria after revelations that Syria was involved in plot to bomb a plane flying out of London.

2008

India launches Chandrayaan-1, its first lunar probe, marking a major boost to India’s space program.

1994

North Korea pledges to stop its nuclear weapons programs in an "agreed framework" with the United States.

1947

The United States and Pakistan establish bilateral relations two months after Pakistan gains independence.

1961

Police attack pro-independence Algerian protesters in Paris. The French government would later acknowledge 40 deaths.

1998

Gen. Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a Spanish warrant, becoming the first former government head arrested under universal jurisdiction.