This Day in History

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1878

The Russo-Turkish War ends, paving the way to an independent Bulgaria.

2013

Pope Benedict XVI steps down as head of the Catholic Church.

1991

President George H.W. Bush declares, "Kuwait is liberated, Iraq’s army is defeated."

1980

Israel and Egypt establish full diplomatic relations.

1926

Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain.

1946

Juan Peron is elected president of Argentina.

1972

President Richard Nixon makes an official visit to China to normalize relations.

1976

The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands after twenty-two years.

2008

Fidel Castro formally steps down from the Cuban presidency.

1965

Gambia gains independence from the United Kingdom.

2011

Bahrain's uprising begins with a "Day of Rage."

1960

France performs its first nuclear test, code-named "Gerboise Bleue."

2002

Slobodan Milosevic goes on trial in the Netherlands on charges of genocide and war crimes.

1990

Nelson Mandela is released from prison after twenty-seven years.

1991

Lithuania votes in favor of independence from the Soviet Union.

1992

The Maastricht Treaty of European Union is signed.

1899

The U.S. Senate ratifies a treaty ending the Spanish-American War and gaining U.S. control over Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.

1958

Gamel Abdel Nasser is nominated as the first president of United Arab Republic

1899

The Battle of Manila starts the Philippine-American War.