This Day in History

Archived Facts

1953

Soviet leader Josef Stalin dies after nearly thirty years in power.

2009

The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes in Darfur.

2002

Swiss voters decide to join the United Nations, ending almost two hundred years of formal neutrality

1917

President Wilson signs Jones-Shafroth Act, making Puerto Rico a U.S territory and granting U.S. citizenship to its residents.

1999

Nigerians vote to end fifteen years of military rule.

1993

A truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing six and injuring more than one thousand.

1948

Communists seize power in Czechoslovakia, beginning more than four decades of rule.

1989

Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a $3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.

1945

U.S. troops capture Iwo Jima from Japanese troops.

2014

More than fifty people protesting Ukraine's Yanukovich regime are killed by sniper fire on Kiev's Maidan square.

2006

Members of Hamas are sworn into Palestinian parliament.

1979

After months of tensions, Chinese forces invade Vietnam.

1960

France detonates its first atomic bomb in the Sahara.

1973

Vietnam releases forty U.S. prisoners of war, the first of 591 to be released following a series of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic negotiations.

1975

Margaret Thatcher is elected leader of the UK's Conservative Party, making her the first woman to lead a British political party.

2005

North Korea suspends six-party nuclear talks and resumes nuclear weapons development.

1943

U.S. forces declare victory over Japan on the island of Guadalcanal, an important step in the United States' WWII Pacific campaign.

1985

President Reagan launches policy known as the "Reagan Doctrine," calling support for "freedom fighters" abroad self-defense.