This Day in History

Archived Facts

1956

Tunisia gains independence from France.

2003

U.S. and coalition forces invade Iraq.

1964

The United States cuts off a symbolic amount of aid to nations trading with Cuba.

1992

White voters back a referendum to end Apartheid in South Africa.

1978

Israel invades southern Lebanon to cripple the PLO there after a terrorist attack.

1940

Finland cedes territory to the USSR at the end of the Winter War.

1947

President Truman announces the doctrine that will bear his name before Congress.

1941

FDR signs into law the Lend-Lease Act to arm U.S. allies without entering World War II.

1945

The United States begins the firebombing of Tokyo.

1936

German troops enter the demilitarized Rhineland for the first time since World War I.

1975

Iran and Iraq sign the Algiers Accord, deferring for five years a territorial dispute.

1965

Bahraini labor organizers start an uprising against British colonialism.

2009

The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir.

1878

The Russo-Turkish War ends, paving the way to an independent Bulgaria.

2013

Pope Benedict XVI steps down as head of the Catholic Church.

1991

President George H.W. Bush declares, "Kuwait is liberated, Iraq’s army is defeated."

1980

Israel and Egypt establish full diplomatic relations.

1926

Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain.

1946

Juan Peron is elected president of Argentina.