This Day in History

Archived Facts

1960

France performs its first nuclear test, code-named "Gerboise Bleue."

2002

Slobodan Milosevic goes on trial in the Netherlands on charges of genocide and war crimes.

1990

Nelson Mandela is released from prison after twenty-seven years.

1991

Lithuania votes in favor of independence from the Soviet Union.

1992

The Maastricht Treaty of European Union is signed.

1899

The U.S. Senate ratifies a treaty ending the Spanish-American War and gaining U.S. control over Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.

1958

Gamel Abdel Nasser is nominated as the first president of United Arab Republic

1899

The Battle of Manila starts the Philippine-American War.

1994

U.S. president Bill Clinton lifts a nineteen-year-old trade embargo of Vietnam.

1950

U.S. president Harry Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb.

1948

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi.

1996

President of France Jacques Chirac announces France will no longer test nuclear weapons.

1915

The U.S. Congress establishes the United States Coast Guard.

1973

The Paris Peace Accords are signed by officials from the United States and North Vietnam.

2003

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.

1968

North Korea captures the USS Pueblo, claiming the ship violated its territorial waters while spying.

1963

Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer sign the Elysée treaty of cooperation between France and Germany.

1977

U.S. president Jimmy Carter issues an unconditional pardon to Vietnam War draft evaders.

1946

The UN Security Council holds its first session.