This Day in History

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2010

The first mass protest breaks out in Greece over fiscal austerity measures.

1979

Margaret Thatcher becomes prime minister of the United Kingdom, the first woman to hold the post.

1947

Japan enacts a new constitution renouncing war as a sovereign right.

2011

U.S. forces kill al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in a Pakistan raid.

1945

Italian resistance fighters execute fascist leader Benito Mussolini.

1978

Pro-Soviet Marxists seize control of Kabul and start the war in Afghanistan.

1986

The world’s worst nuclear accident occurs in Chernobyl, making the city and surrounding region uninhabitable.

2015

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake shakes Nepal, killing nearly nine thousand and displacing thousands more.

1997

Peruvian armed forces raid the Japanese embassy and release seventy-two people held hostage by the Tupac Amaru rebel group.

1999

Two teenagers launch a shooting spree at Columbine High School, the deadliest such attack in U.S. history.

1906

The Great San Francisco earthquake destroys a quarter of the city.

2013

Two bombs explode at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 264 others.

1987

Portugal and China sign an official agreement to hand over Macau to China in 1999.

1961

U.S. Confederate forces begin firing on Fort Sumter, triggering the American Civil War.