This Day in History | 1995 Balkan leaders agree to peace

A peace settlement for war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina has been brokered in the United States. US President Bill Clinton announced the deal after 21 days of seemingly deadlocked negotiation at the Wright Patterson

This Day in History | 1995 Diana admits adultery in TV interview

Diana, Princess of Wales, has spoken openly for the first time about her separation from the Prince of Wales in a frank interview for the BBC’s Panorama programme. During her hour-long

This Day in History | 2000 – Bush and Gore fight to the finish

The result of the American presidential election is still hanging in the balance hours after the last polls officially closed. Votes are still being counted in the

This Day in History | 1972 – Nixon takes second term by landslide

President Richard Nixon has won an overwhelming victory in the US presidential elections for a second term in the White House. He took 61% of the popular vote, compared with 38%

This Day in History | 1996 – ‘Comeback Kid’ wins second term

He is the first Democratic President in US history to be re-elected since Franklin D Roosevelt, taking 49.2% of the popular vote to Mr Dole’s 40.8%. With voter turnout at its

This Day in History | 1991 – Publisher Robert Maxwell dies at sea

The body of the millionaire newspaper publisher, Robert Maxwell, has been found in the sea off the coast of Tenerife. Mr Maxwell’s body was discovered at approximately 1800 local time (1700

This Day in History | 1995 Israeli PM shot dead

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has been assassinated. Mr Rabin was shot three times at close range in the stomach and chest by an assailant as he left a peace rally

This Day in History | 1981 – Euthanasia chief jailed over suicides

The secretary of the UK’s pro-euthanasia group Exit has been jailed for two and a half years for aiding and abetting suicide. Nicholas Reed was found guilty

This Day in History | 1975 Franco’s 36-year reign ends

General Franco’s dictatorship has effectively ended with the announcement heir designate Prince Juan Carlos will take over as provisional head of state for Spain. The move comes as a result of

This Day in History | 1979 Chairman Hua arrives in London

The first Chinese leader to visit Britain, Chairman Hua Kuo-Feng, has arrived in London at the start of a six-day visit. He was welcomed at Heathrow airport by Prime Minister Margaret

This Day in History | 1984 Europe grants emergency aid for Ethiopia

The EEC is donating £1.8 million to help combat the famine in Ethiopia. Officials from Oxfam, Save the Children, Christian Aid and the Red Cross believe that up to 10 million

This Day in History | 1945 United Nations Organisation is born

The United Nations Organisation has been formally inaugurated during a short ceremony at the US State Department in Washington. A total of 29 countries ratified the United Nations Charter that

This Day in History | 1956 Hungarians rise up against Soviet rule

  Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Hungary to demand an end to Soviet rule. There are believed to have been many casualties in a day which

This Day in History | 1982 Sinn Fein triumph in elections

Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Provisional IRA, has won its first seats in the elections to the new Ulster Assembly. Gerry Adams, vice president of Sinn Fein, took the

This Day in History | 1964 Khrushchev ‘retires’ as head of USSR

Nikita Khrushchev has unexpectedly stepped down as leader of the Soviet Union. The official Soviet news agency, Tass, announced that a plenary meeting of the Communist Party Central Committee had accepted

This Day in History | 1976 China’s ‘Gang of Four’’ arrested

The new chairman of China’s Communist Party, Hua Guofeng, has ordered the arrest of four leading radicals in Peking. It is a sign that China is changing political direction following the

This Day in History | 1999 Millennium Wheel edges upwards

Thousands have assembled to watch a giant Ferris wheel move into position as the new landmark on the London skyline. The engineering feat has taken all weekend. The wheel now stands

This Day in History | 1967 – Che Guevara ‘shot dead’

Marxist revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara has reportedly been killed during a battle between army troops and guerillas in the Bolivian jungle. A statement issued by the commander of the Eighth Bolivian

This Day in History | 2001 – US launches air strikes against Taleban

The United States has begun its military campaign, Operation Enduring Freedom, against al-Qaeda and the Taleban in Afghanistan. Cruise missiles and bombers have targeted the airports of Kandahar and Kabul and

This Day in History | 1965 Immigrants feel at home with BBC

The programmes will go out every Sunday on radio on the BBC’s Home Service and on television on BBC1. Titled ‘Making Yourself at Home’, the programmes will offer informal language lessons

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