This Day in History

Archived Facts

1968

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is signed by sixty-one states.

1950

U.S. President Harry Truman authorizes use of ground troops in Korea.

2002

Naval clashes between North Korea and South Korea leave six South Korean officers dead.

1975

Mozambique gains independence from Portugal.

1932

A military coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand.

1894

The International Olympic Committee is founded in Paris.

1941

Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union.

1862

Slavery is outlawed in U.S. territories.

1948

The United Nations adopts the International Declaration of Human Rights.

1885

The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, arrives in New York Harbor.

1897

The U.S. government signs a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.

1215

King John puts his royal seal on the Magna Carta, promising to respect feudal rights and freedom of the church.

1987

Visiting Berlin, U.S. President Ronald Reagan calls on Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

1967

Israel and Syria agree to a UN-mediated cease-fire, ending the Six-Day War.

1898

China agrees to lease Hong Kong to Britain for ninety-nine years.

1906

President Theodore Roosevelt signs the Antiquities Act, allowing the executive to designate land for conservation.