This Day in History

Archived Facts

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.

1920

The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, giving women the right to vote.

2005

Israel begins to evict settlers in the Gaza Strip as part of a disengagement plan.

1974

Turkey launches a second offensive in Cyprus, capturing northern Cyprus.

1961

Construction of the Berlin Wall begins.

1992

The United States, Canada, and Mexico complete negotiations on the North America Free Trade Agreement.

2003

NATO takes command of the ISAF peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, NATO’s first deployment outside of Europe.

2006

UK authorities uncover a plot to use liquid explosives to attack as many as ten U.S.-bound planes.