This Day in History

Archived Facts

1947

The United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine.

1978

The militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is founded in Turkey.

1949

India's constitution is adopted.

1986

President Reagan publicly addresses the Iran-Contra affair.

1963

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated by a gunman in Dallas.

1995

The Dayton Peace Agreement is initialed, bringing to an end the war in Bosnia.

1945

The Nuremberg war-crimes trials begin.

1919

The U.S. Senate votes to reject the Treaty of Versailles.

1903

The Panama Canal Zone is established under a treaty granting exclusive rights for the United States.

1985

The Anglo-Irish agreement is signed, giving Dublin some say in Northern Ireland's affairs.

1982

Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa is released after eleven months of internment.

1982

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated on the National Mall.

1954

New York's Ellis Island shuts down after admitting fifteen million immigrants.

1918

An armistice brings World War I to an end at 11 a.m. Paris time.

1990

Mary Robinson is elected Ireland's first female president.

1989

The East German cabinet resigns amid swelling protests.

1913

Mohandas Gandhi is arrested while leading striking Indian miners in South Africa.

1984

The Sandinistas claim victory in Nicaraguan elections.

1979

Student revolutionaries storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran.