This Day in History

Archived Facts

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

1978

The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FLSN) occupies the National Palace in Nicaragua.

1944

Dumbarton Oaks Conference begins, convening talks that led to framework for founding the United Nations.

1988

Iran and Iraq sign a ceasefire after almost eight years of war.

2010

Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last U.S. brigade combat teams crossing to Kuwait.

1960

Cyprus gains independence from the United Kingdom

1971

President Richard Nixon abolishes the gold standard by ending convertibility of the U.S. dollar into gold by foreign investors.

2007

The Kahtaniya bombings kill at least 796 people in Iraq.

1960

The Central African Republic declares independence from France.

1982

Mexico announces it is unable to pay external debt, kicking off a debt crisis in Latin America.

1945

The United States detonates the Fat Man atomic bomb onto Nagasaki.

1988

The "8888 Uprising" takes place in Myanmar.

1940

Alsace-Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich.

1960

Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation.

1962

Nelson Mandela is arrested and jailed for inciting workers to strike and leaving the country illegally.

1990

Iraq invades Kuwait, ultimately leading to the Gulf War.

1894

The First Sino-Japanese War erupts between Japan and China over Korea.

2006

Fidel Castro hands over power to brother Raúl Castro.