This Day in History

Archived Facts

1998

President Bill Clinton signs the Iraq Liberation Act, supporting Iraqi opposition groups against Saddam Hussein.

1918

Czechoslovakia declares independence from Austria-Hungary.

1988

President Ronald Reagan decides the new U.S. Embassy building in Moscow should be torn down due to infiltration by Soviet listening devices.

1979

South Korean President Park Chung-hee is assassinated by the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency.

1945

The Republic of China takes over the administration of Taiwan shortly after Japan’s surrender in World War II.

1945

The UN Charter enters into force following its ratification by a majority of signatory states.

1994

North Korea signs an accord with the United States to replace its nuclear power plants with light water reactors.

2011

Libyan rebel forces kill ousted leader Muammar al-Qaddafi.

1933

Nazi Germany withdraws from the League of Nations.

1991

Azerbaijan declares independence from the Soviet Union.

1977

German special forces rescue 86 passengers aboard a jet that had been hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and routed to Somalia.

2010

Chilean miners are rescued from a gold and copper mine after being trapped for 69 days.

2002

A terrorist bombing at a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia, kills 202 people.

1954

Communist forces take control of North Vietnam.

2009

Armenia and Turkey agree to open their borders and establish diplomatic ties.

2001

A U.S.-led coalition invades Afghanistan to oust the Taliban leadership.

1981

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated.

2000

Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic is ousted following mass demonstrations in Belgrade.