What Happened On This Day – June 29

2007 Apple releases the first iPhone The iPhone revolutionized the smartphone industry and for a while made Apple one of the world’s most valuable companies. 1995 The Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir The rendezvous in space marked…

What Happened On This Day – June 13

2002 The United States withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty The ABM Treaty was signed in 1972 by the Soviet Union and the United States. It regulated the establishment of anti-ballistic missile shields against nuclear missiles. Critics bemoaned the treaty’s termination for…

What Happened On This Day – June 11

2010 Africa hosts the FIFA World Cup for the first time The 19th association football world cup was opened in Johannesburg, South Africa. The winner of this historic edition was Spain. 1959 Christopher Cockerell first presents the hovercraft The amphibious air-cushion vehicle…

What Happened On This Day – June 10

1999 The Kosovo War ends Slobodan Milošević, then President of Serbia, agreed to withdraw his troops from the disputed territory following a massive NATO bombing campaign. NATO’s involvement has been criticized for its lack of a U.N. mandate. 1967 The Six-Day War…

What Happened On This Day – June 9

1967 Israel captures the Golan Heights from Syria Israel’s occupation of the territory and the establishment of Israeli settlements in the area continue to hamper negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing Middle East conflict. 1957 Four Austrian climbers become…

What Happened On This Day – June 4

1989 Thousands die in the Tiananmen Square Massacre Using assault rifles and tanks, Chinese troops massacred unarmed civilians who had taken part in pro-democracy protests. 1989 Poland holds the first free elections after World War II The landslide victory of the Polish…

What Happened On This Day – April 26

2005 Syria ends its military occupation of Lebanon after 29 years Syria buckled to domestic and international pressure following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on February 14 of the same year. 1994 Germany makes Holocaust denial illegal The…