This Day in History

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1998

Tony Blair becomes the first British prime minister to address the Oireachtas, Ireland's parliament.

1992

Czechoslovakia's Federal Assembly votes to split the country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

1992

Czechoslovakia's Federal Assembly votes to split the country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

1963

Jack Ruby kills Lee Harvey Oswald, President Kennedy’s alleged assassin; the killing was caught on live television.

1969

President Nixon agrees to return to Japan the island of Okinawa, where the United States conducted military operations.

1962

The Cuban missile crisis ends when the Soviet Union agrees to remove missiles from the island President Kennedy agrees to lift the navel quarantine.

1985

U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time in Geneva to reopen Cold War diplomatic relations.

1993

The United States House of Representatives approves the North American Free Trade Agreement, creating the world’s largest free trade area.

1989

The riot police quell an anti-Communist student demonstration in Prague, which launches the Velvet Revolution.

1940

German air forces carry out a series of bombing raids on Coventry, England.

1947

The Soviet Union completes the development of the AK-47, which remains one of the most popular assault rifles today.

1956

Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia join the United Nations.

2001

President George W. Bush addresses the United Nations, asking for help in combating global terrorism.

2002

Iran bans all advertising of American products as a "symbolic gesture" against the United States’ support for Israel.

1944

The first weapons-grade plutonium is produced at Hanford Atomic Facility in Washington state.

1872

Suffragist Susan B. Anthony is fined one hundred dollars for trying to vote in the United States presidential elections.

1995

Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated in Tel Aviv by a right-wing Israeli extremist.

1986

Ash-Shiraa magazine breaks the story that the United States had been secretly supplying weapons to Iran in exchange for freeing hostages.

1998

Saddam Hussein announces his government will no longer cooperate with UN weapons inspectors.