This Day in History

Archived Facts

2010

Thirty-three Chilean miners who had been trapped for sixty-nine days under a copper mine are rescued.

2002

Bombing linked to terror group Jemaah Islamiyah kills 202 in Bali, Indonesia.

1967

Guerilla leader Che Guevara is killed by the Bolivian military a day after his capture.

2005

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake hits the Kashmir region of Pakistan, killing at least 80,000 people.

2006

Journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a critic of the Kremlin, is found shot dead in her Moscow apartment building.

1973

The Yom Kippur War begins when Egyptian and Syrian forces launch a surprise attack on Israel.

1988

Chileans vote to end General Augusto Pinochet’s fifteen-year rule.

1944

The sixty-three-day Warsaw Uprising ends as Polish resistance fighters surrender to occupying Nazi forces.

1949

Communist leader Mao Zedong announces creation of the People’s Republic of China.

1966

Botswana gains independence from Great Britain.

1992

Brazilian lawmakers impeach President Fernando Collor de Mello on charges of corruption.

1924

Two U.S. Army planes land in Seattle, Washington, completing the first round-the-world flight in 175 days.

2005

The Irish Republican Army officially disarms seven years after signing the Good Friday Agreement.

1996

Seventy-one nations, including five recognized nuclear states, sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

1905

Norway and Sweden peacefully end the union between the two countries with the Karlstad Treaty.

1961

U.S. President John F. Kennedy signs legislation establishing the Peace Corps.

1962

Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko tells the UN General Assembly that the USSR is not giving Cuba offensive weapons.

1934

The League of Nations admits the Soviet Union.

1978

Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign the Camp David Accords.