This Day in History

Archived Facts

1945

Soviet troops liberate more than seven thousand prisoners from Auschwitz.

1950

The Constitution of India comes into effect, officially forming an Indian republic.

1973

President Richard Nixon announces that a peace accord with Vietnam had been reached to end the Vietnam War.

1954

The United States launches the first nuclear-powered submarine in Groton, Connecticut.

1969

East Pakistani police kill Bengali student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman, sparking outrage that led to the Bangladesh Liberation War.

1920

The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris.

1970

Moammar Gadhafi becomes Prime Minister of Libya.

1994

President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed accords in Moscow to stop aiming missiles at any nation and to dismantle Ukraine's nuclear arsenal.

1960

The Soviet Union officially abolishes the Gulag system of forced labor camps.

1976

The UN Security Council votes to allow the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in its debates, albeit without voting rights.

2005

The Sudanese government and People’s Liberation Movement sign a peace agreement, ending the country's twenty-two-year civil war.

1918

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson outlines the conditions for postwar peace in Europe in his “Fourteen Points” statement.

1959

The United States recognizes the new Cuban government under Fidel Castro.

1995

An apartment fire in Manila unveils a large-scale terror plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II, bomb several airliners, and destroy the CIA headquarters.

2015

Anton Drexler founds the German Workers’ Party, the predecessor of the Nazi party.

1946

President Harry Truman officially proclaims the end of World War II hostilities.

1993

Israel and the Holy See establish diplomatic relations for the first time.

2006

The United Kingdom pays off its debts to the United States and Canada from the Anglo-American loan, made in 1946.