This Day in History

Archived Facts

2006

The Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok, declaring martial law.

1961

UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold dies in a plane crash en route to cease-fire negotiations.

1978

The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt, earning Begin and Sadat the Nobel Peace Prize.

1955

The military coup to unseat President Juan Peron of Argentina is launched at midnight.

1989

Defying the state of emergency, over twenty thousand South Africans protest apartheid in the "last illegal march."

1990

A treaty signed in Moscow paves the way for a unified, sovereign Germany.

1973

Chilean armed forces bombard the presidential palace, overthrowing President Salvador Allende.

2008

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, a scientific collaboration of twenty countries, is powered up in Geneva.

1993

Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization formally recognize one another.

1966

South African prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid, is stabbed to death during a parliamentary meeting.

1972

Black September, a Palestinian terrorist group, attacks and takes hostage eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.

1951

Harry Truman addresses the peace treaty conference with Japan, marking the first live transcontinental television broadcast.

1971

Qatar gains its independence from the United Kingdom.

1999

East Timor votes for independence from Indonesia in a referendum.

1910

The Japan–Korea Annexation Treaty starts a period of Japanese rule in Korea.

1990

Iraq declares Kuwait to be its newest province.

1985

Nigeria’s government is overthrown by Army Chief of Staff Major General Ibrahim Babangida.

1920

The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.

2011

The ouster of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi by National Transitional Council forces