This Day in History

Archived Facts

2011

South Sudan becomes an independent state after seceding from Sudan.

1853

U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry arrives in Tokyo, where he helps to reopen Japan to the West.

2005

A series of suicide bomb attacks kill fifty-two in London.

1995

Serbia begins its attack on the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

2013

Mohamed Morsi is removed from power by Egypt's military.

1976

North and South Vietnam are officially reunified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

1968

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is signed by sixty-one states.

1950

U.S. President Harry Truman authorizes use of ground troops in Korea.

2002

Naval clashes between North Korea and South Korea leave six South Korean officers dead.

1975

Mozambique gains independence from Portugal.

1932

A military coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand.

1894

The International Olympic Committee is founded in Paris.

1941

Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union.

1862

Slavery is outlawed in U.S. territories.

1948

The United Nations adopts the International Declaration of Human Rights.

1885

The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, arrives in New York Harbor.

1897

The U.S. government signs a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.

1215

King John puts his royal seal on the Magna Carta, promising to respect feudal rights and freedom of the church.