This Day in History – October 19

2005 Trial of Saddam Hussein Begins The Iraqi Special Tribunal started the trial of deposed President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, and 7 other defendants for crimes against humanity. Hussein, who was the fifth President of Iraq was found guilty and was executed…

This Day in History – October 18

1867 Alaska Becomes a Part of the United States US had purchased the large and sparsely populated territory of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. The purchase was not seen as a positive acquirement by many American citizens who believed that adding…

This Day in History – October 17

1973 OPEC Declares Oil Embargo The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries or OPEC led by Arab countries declared an oil embargo on any country that supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War, which was fought between Israel and a coalition of…

This Day in History – October 16

1964 First Chinese Nuclear Test Codenamed Chic-1 or 596, the 22 kiloton uranium fission device was dropped at Lop Nur. With this test, China became the fifth nuclear power state in the World. The other four are the United States, Russia, the…

This Day in History – October 15

2003 Shenzhou 5, China’s first human space flight mission launched Launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the middle of the Gobi desert in northern China, this launch brought the Chinese into the exclusive club of countries that have achieved manned…

This Day In History – October 14

1994 Two Israelis and a Palestinian Share the Nobel Peace Prize The Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize, which is annually awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee based in Oslo, with the President…