This Day in History

Archived Facts

1976

Indonesia annexes East Timor, beginning a twenty-three-year occupation.

1945

The Trinity nuclear test marks the first detonation of a nuclear weapon.

1975

The U.S.-Soviet Apollo and Soyuz projects launch the final Apollo mission.

1958

Iraq’s Hashemite monarchy is overthrown in a military coup.

1878

The Treaty of Berlin is signed after the Russo-Turkish war, recognizing Balkan states as sovereign.

1991

Boris Yeltsin takes office as Russia’s first elected president.

2011

South Sudan becomes an independent state after seceding from Sudan.

1853

U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry arrives in Tokyo, where he helps to reopen Japan to the West.

2005

A series of suicide bomb attacks kill fifty-two in London.

1995

Serbia begins its attack on the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

2013

Mohamed Morsi is removed from power by Egypt's military.

1976

North and South Vietnam are officially reunified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

1968

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is signed by sixty-one states.

1950

U.S. President Harry Truman authorizes use of ground troops in Korea.

2002

Naval clashes between North Korea and South Korea leave six South Korean officers dead.

1975

Mozambique gains independence from Portugal.

1932

A military coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand.

1894

The International Olympic Committee is founded in Paris.