This Day in History

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1971

Idi Amin declares himself president of Uganda after seizing power in a coup.

1979

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after fifteen years of exile.

1979

President Jimmy Carter welcomes China's Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to White House following establishment of diplomatic relations.

1986

The U.S. space shuttle Challenger explodes after takeoff, killing all seven crew members.

1973

Paris peace accords signed, ending Vietnam war.

1991

Somali rebels overthrow President Mohammed Siad Barre.

2011

Antigovernment protests kick off in Egypt that eventually lead to end of Hosni Mubarak’s presidency.

1905

Mass killing of protesters marks start of Russian Revolution.

1924

Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 54.

1990

Soviet army cracks down on pro-independence demonstrations in Baku, Azerbaijan.

1981

The U.S. and Iran sign a deal to release 52 Americans held hostage for fourteen months.

1943

Construction is completed on the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

1943

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and French resistance leaders meet in Casablanca to finalize Allied strategy against Axis powers.

2012

An Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, capsizes off the Tuscan coast, killing thirty-two.

2002

The first detainees arrive at the Guantanamo Bay military prison.

1790

President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York.

2015

Extremists fatally shoot eleven people at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris; related attacks kill five others.