This Day in History

Archived Facts

1959

Nikita Kruschev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.

1960

Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia form OPEC.

1973

Chilean President Salvador Allende dies in a coup led by General Augusto Pinochet.

1981

Picasso’s Guernica is returned to Spain following the country's restoration of democracy.

2001

Afghan anti-Taliban leader Ahmed Shah Masoud is killed by assassins posing as journalists.

1945

U.S. troops land in Korea to begin postwar occupation of southern part of nation.

1998

Google is incorporated by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

1783

Representatives from the United States, Great Britain, Spain, and France sign the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American Revolution.

1945

Japan formally surrenders aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II.

1939

Nazi Germany invades Poland.

1980

Communist Poland agrees to the demands of striking shipyard workers in Gdansk.

2005

Hurricane Katrina, one of the most destructive U.S. natural disasters, attains category 5 status as it approaches Louisiana.

1999

Russia launches the Second Chechen War, eventually installing a pro-Moscow government in the republic.

2012

Severe flooding displaces 85,000 people in Myanmar.

1991

A coup attempt launched by hardline Communists against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev fails.

1968

The Warsaw Pact invades Czechoslovakia to halt "Prague Spring" liberalization reforms.

1953

The Shah returns to power in Iran following a coup supported by U.S. and British intelligence agencies.