This Day in History

Today is the 58th day of 2023. There are 307 days left in the year


2010: One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded tears apart houses, bridges and highways in central Chile and sends a tsunami racing halfway around the world. Chilean authorities say at least 214 people died.


1922: The US Supreme Court unanimously upholds the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed the right of women to vote.

1933: Germany's parliament building, the Reichstag, catches fire. The Nazis, blaming the Communists, use the fire as a pretext for suspending civil liberties.

1968: Britain's House of Commons approves Bill to restrict immigration to Britain.

1999: Nigeria elects General Olusegun Obasanjo in the first presidential elections after 15 years of military rule, but the results are disputed.

2005: Iran and Russia ignore US objections and sign a nuclear fuel agreement that is key to bringing Tehran's first reactor online by mid-2006.

2014: UN secretary general says that 20 years after the Rwanda genocide, the international community's collective failure to prevent atrocities in Syria is a "shameful indictment".

2016: Jamaican music legend Winston "Merritone" Blake dies. He was known for he work as a sound system operator, record producer, nightclub owner, promoter, and occasional recording artiste


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, US poet (1807-1882); John Steinbeck, US writer (1902-1968); Joanne Woodward, US actress (1930- ); Elizabeth Taylor, US actress (1932-2011)

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