This Day in History

Archived Facts

1983

Argentina holds its first democratic elections after seven years of military rule.

2013

Turkey opens the Marmaray sea tunnel across the Bosphorus Strait, allowing trains to cross from Europe to Asia for the first time.

1962

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev orders withdrawal of Soviet missiles from Cuba, ending the Cuban Missile Crisis.

2005

Riots begin in France after the death of two Muslim teenagers; the government declares a state of emergency a week later.

1986

Britain breaks diplomatic relations with Syria after revelations that Syria was involved in plot to bomb a plane flying out of London.

2008

India launches Chandrayaan-1, its first lunar probe, marking a major boost to India’s space program.

1994

North Korea pledges to stop its nuclear weapons programs in an "agreed framework" with the United States.

1947

The United States and Pakistan establish bilateral relations two months after Pakistan gains independence.

1961

Police attack pro-independence Algerian protesters in Paris. The French government would later acknowledge 40 deaths.

1998

Gen. Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a Spanish warrant, becoming the first former government head arrested under universal jurisdiction.

1990

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending the Cold War.

1933

Nazi Germany withdraws from the League of Nations, freeing itself from military constraints and international cooperation.

2009

Armenia and Turkey sign an accord to open their borders and set up formal diplomatic relations.

2012

The Pakistani Taliban attempts to assassinate Malala Yousafzai on her bus ride home from school, shooting her in the head.

1990

Israeli police kill seventeen Palestinians and wound more than one hundred in a clash on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, Jerusalem.

2001

United States forces lead attack on Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, marking the start of its “war on terror".

1976

Right-wing Thai paramilitary and government forces massacre student protesters, signaling the return of military government.