This Day in History

Archived Facts

2002

The first detainees arrive at the Guantanamo Bay military prison.

1790

President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York.

2015

Extremists fatally shoot eleven people at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris; related attacks kill five others.

1972

U.S. President Richard Nixon authorizes the space shuttle program.

1999

The euro is officially adopted by eleven European nations.

1999

The U.S. gives Panama control of the Panama Canal.

1922

The Soviet Union is formed.

2011

Kim Jong-un is appointed supreme commander of North Korea.

1836

Spain recognizes Mexican independence.

1979

The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan.

1988

A Pan Am flight from London to New York explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270.

1865

The Thirteenth Amendment, which abolishes slavery, is adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

1944

Nazi Germany launches its last major offensive in WWII, known as the Battle of the Bulge.

1791

The Bill of Rights becomes law.