This Day in History

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2006

An Iraqi court finds Saddam Hussein guilty of crimes against humanity and sentences him to death.

1979

A group of Iranian students seize the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking more than sixty Americans hostage.

1903

Panama declares independence from Colombia with the backing of the United States.

1963

South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated following a military coup.

1975

Spain’s Prince Juan Carlos is named head of state when longtime dictator General Francisco Franco is declared too ill to govern.

1956

Israel invades the Sinai Peninsula, beginning the Suez Crisis.

1886

The Statue of Liberty is dedicated in New York harbor.

1971

Congolese leader Mobutu Sese Seko renames the country Zaire.

2001

President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act, granting U.S. government greater authority in counter-terrorism activities.

1956

Thousands of anti-Communist protesters take to the streets, sparking the Hungarian uprising.

1967

Vietnam War protests draw 100,000 demonstrators in Washington, in one of the largest antiwar demonstrations of the era.

2011

Ousted Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi is captured and killed while in hiding in Sirte, Libya.

1987

Stock markets around the world crash in what is known as Black Monday.

2003

China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.

1964

Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

2010

Thirty-three Chilean miners who had been trapped for sixty-nine days under a copper mine are rescued.

2002

Bombing linked to terror group Jemaah Islamiyah kills 202 in Bali, Indonesia.