This Day in History

Archived Facts

1922

The Soviet Union is formed.

2011

Kim Jong-un is appointed supreme commander of North Korea.

1836

Spain recognizes Mexican independence.

1979

The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan.

1988

A Pan Am flight from London to New York explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270.

1865

The Thirteenth Amendment, which abolishes slavery, is adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

1944

Nazi Germany launches its last major offensive in WWII, known as the Battle of the Bulge.

1791

The Bill of Rights becomes law.

1939

The USSR is expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.

2001

China joins the World Trade Organization.

1948

UN General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1992

U.S. Marines arrive in Mogadishu, Somalia, to carry out UN-sanctioned Operation Restore Hope.

2003

President Bill Clinton signs NAFTA into law.

1941

Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor, drawing the U.S. into WWII.

1945

U.S. Senate approves U.S. participation in the UN.

1912

The first Balkan War ends, with the Ottoman empire expelled from almost all territories it occupied in Europe.