This Day in History

Archived Facts

1885

The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, arrives in New York Harbor.

1897

The U.S. government signs a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.

1215

King John puts his royal seal on the Magna Carta, promising to respect feudal rights and freedom of the church.

1987

Visiting Berlin, U.S. President Ronald Reagan calls on Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

1967

Israel and Syria agree to a UN-mediated cease-fire, ending the Six-Day War.

1898

China agrees to lease Hong Kong to Britain for ninety-nine years.

1906

President Theodore Roosevelt signs the Antiquities Act, allowing the executive to designate land for conservation.

1989

Chinese army troops storm Tiananmen Square in Beijing during pro-democracy protests, killing hundreds.

1839

A Qing dynasty official destroys 1.2 million kg of opium confiscated from British merchants, sparking the first Opium War.

1946

Italians vote to turn Italy from a monarchy into a republic.

1979

Abel Muzorewa becomes prime minister of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, ending ninety years of white-minority rule.

2001

A U.S. court convicts four supporters of Osama Bin Laden of being part of a global conspiracy targeting U.S. citizens.

1998

Pakistan conducts underground nuclear tests in response to Indian nuclear tests two weeks earlier.

1941

British forces sink German battleship Bismarck, killing 2,300 people

1972

The United States and Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

1881

Clara Barton founds American Red Cross to provide emergency assistance and disaster relief.