This Day in History

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1945

Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin meet in Yalta to begin planning for a post-war world.

1917

President Woodrow Wilson severs all ties with Germany after unrestricted maritime warfare resumes.

1990

South African President F.W. De Klerk announces plans to free Nelson Mandela and lift ban on anti-apartheid groups.

1972

Pakistan withdraws from the British Commonwealth of Nations in protest of its recognition of Bangladesh.

1979

President Jimmy Carter welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House following the establishment of diplomatic relations.

1986

The space shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after launching, killing all seven crew members.

1945

Soviet troops liberate more than seven thousand prisoners from Auschwitz.

1950

The Constitution of India comes into effect, officially forming an Indian republic.

1973

President Richard Nixon announces that a peace accord with Vietnam had been reached to end the Vietnam War.

1954

The United States launches the first nuclear-powered submarine in Groton, Connecticut.

1969

East Pakistani police kill Bengali student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman, sparking outrage that led to the Bangladesh Liberation War.

1920

The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris.

1970

Moammar Gadhafi becomes Prime Minister of Libya.

1994

President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed accords in Moscow to stop aiming missiles at any nation and to dismantle Ukraine's nuclear arsenal.

1960

The Soviet Union officially abolishes the Gulag system of forced labor camps.

1976

The UN Security Council votes to allow the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in its debates, albeit without voting rights.

2005

The Sudanese government and People’s Liberation Movement sign a peace agreement, ending the country's twenty-two-year civil war.

1918

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson outlines the conditions for postwar peace in Europe in his “Fourteen Points” statement.