This Day in History

Archived Facts

1959

China dissolves the Tibetan government, sending the Dalai Lama into exile.

1979

Egypt becomes the first Arab state to recognize Israel as the two sign an accord at Camp David.

1957

The European Economic Community is created to bring a common market and economic integration.

1989

The Exxon Valdez runs aground in Alaska, devastating local wildlife and economies with spilt oil.

1980

Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter announces a U.S. boycott of the Moscow Olympics.

1956

Tunisia gains independence from France.

2003

U.S. and coalition forces invade Iraq.

1964

The United States cuts off a symbolic amount of aid to nations trading with Cuba.

1992

White voters back a referendum to end Apartheid in South Africa.

1978

Israel invades southern Lebanon to cripple the PLO there after a terrorist attack.

1940

Finland cedes territory to the USSR at the end of the Winter War.

1947

President Truman announces the doctrine that will bear his name before Congress.

1941

FDR signs into law the Lend-Lease Act to arm U.S. allies without entering World War II.

1945

The United States begins the firebombing of Tokyo.

1936

German troops enter the demilitarized Rhineland for the first time since World War I.

1975

Iran and Iraq sign the Algiers Accord, deferring for five years a territorial dispute.

1965

Bahraini labor organizers start an uprising against British colonialism.

2009

The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir.

1878

The Russo-Turkish War ends, paving the way to an independent Bulgaria.