This Day in History

Archived Facts

1982

Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa is released after eleven months of internment.

1982

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated on the National Mall.

1954

New York's Ellis Island shuts down after admitting fifteen million immigrants.

1918

An armistice brings World War I to an end at 11 a.m. Paris time.

1990

Mary Robinson is elected Ireland's first female president.

1989

The East German cabinet resigns amid swelling protests.

1913

Mohandas Gandhi is arrested while leading striking Indian miners in South Africa.

1984

The Sandinistas claim victory in Nicaraguan elections.

1979

Student revolutionaries storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

1993

The Maastricht Treaty brings the European Union into existence.

1984

Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India, is assassinated in New Delhi.

1918

The Ottoman Empire signs the Treaty of Mudros, ending its participation in World War I and heralding its dissolution.

1956

Israel invades Egypt's Sinai Peninsula during the Suez crisis.

1971

The UN General Assembly votes to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.

1945

The United Nations Charter enters into force.

1983

A truck bomb at a Marine compound in Beirut kills 241 U.S. service personnel.

1962

As the Cuban Missile Crisis intensifies, President John F. Kennedy announces a blockade of Cuba.

1988

Former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos is indicted on racketeering charges in New York.