This Day in History, October 21

2014 Oscar Pistorius Convicted for 5 Years The South African Paralympic Champion was on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He was sentenced to a maximum of five years for culpable homicide. He was released on parole for good…

This Day in History, October 20

2011 Muammar Gaddafi is Captured The deposed leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, is captured by the National Transitional Council Forces. He was killed by the troops soon after. 1982 Luzhniki Disaster A stampede during a UEFA Cup soccer (football) match between Dutch…

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…