This Day in History

Archived Facts

1949

The Soviet Union lifts its eleven-month blockade of West Berlin.

1994

Nelson Mandela becomes the first post-apartheid president of South Africa.

1970

Around 100,000 demonstrators gather in front of the White House to demand the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam.

2010

The first mass protest breaks out in Greece over fiscal austerity measures.

1979

Margaret Thatcher becomes prime minister of the United Kingdom, the first woman to hold the post.

1947

Japan enacts a new constitution renouncing war as a sovereign right.

2011

U.S. forces kill al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in a Pakistan raid.

1945

Italian resistance fighters execute fascist leader Benito Mussolini.

1978

Pro-Soviet Marxists seize control of Kabul and start the war in Afghanistan.

1986

The world’s worst nuclear accident occurs in Chernobyl, making the city and surrounding region uninhabitable.

2015

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake shakes Nepal, killing nearly nine thousand and displacing thousands more.

1997

Peruvian armed forces raid the Japanese embassy and release seventy-two people held hostage by the Tupac Amaru rebel group.

1999

Two teenagers launch a shooting spree at Columbine High School, the deadliest such attack in U.S. history.