This Day In History
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shot down over the Ukraine-Russia border

    On July 17, halfway through a flight from Amsterdam to Malaysia, a passenger plane was shot down over the war-torn Ukraine-Russia Border. All 298 people on board, most of whom were citizens of the Netherlands, died in the explosion. It was the second Malaysian Air flight to disappear in 2014, ...
  • Terrorist drives truck through a Bastille Day celebration

    On July 14, 2016, thousands gathered along the seafront of Nice, France to celebrate Bastille Day—the country's independence holiday. The mood turned from joy to horror, when a white truck barreled through a pedestrian-filled closed street. In the end, 86 were dead, including 10 children, and 304 ...
  • Felipe VI Becomes King of Spain after Juan Carlos I Abdicates

    When the clock struck midnight on June 19, 2014, King Juan Carlos I of Spain’s nearly 40-year rule came to an end. Two weeks after abdicating himself amidst sagging approval ratings, Juan Carlos symbolically removed his red sash—signifying his status as leader of the Spanish military—and wrapped it ...
  • Grenfell Tower fire ills 71 in London

    Shortly before 1:00 A.M. On June 14, 2017, a fire tore through West London’s 24-story Grenfell tower. 71 people were killed in what was the deadliest fire in Britain in more than a century. The fire started in a Hotpoint brand fridge-freezer in a fourth floor apartment. The flames traveled from the ...
  • 2017 Republican Congressmen Shot by James T. Hodgkinson

    On June 14, 2017, a gunman walked onto a baseball field at Virginia’s Eugene Simpson Park, opening fire on politicians, and wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and four others. The representatives had been practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. James ...
  • Sepp Blatter Announces Resignation Amidst FIFA Corruption Scandal

    On June 2, 2015, President of FIFA Sepp Blatter—just a few days removed from being reelected to a fifth four-year term—resigns amid rumors that he will be under investigation by the U.S. and Sweden on charges of fraud and corruption. All over the world, soccer fans rejoiced, as Blatter’s 17-year ...
  • The Brief, Essential History of the Atomic Bomb

    Explore the top-secret American project to build the world's first atomic bomb.
  • How American Civilians Reacted to Pearl Harbor

    In the days immediately following the attack, the American homefront quickly mobilized to support the war effort.
  • Hawaii: Base Life Before the Pearl Harbor Attack

    Before the fateful bombardment of December 7, 1941, servicemen stationed at Pearl Harbor led a largely idyllic existence.
  • Survivors Recall the Days Just After the Pearl Harbor Attack

    Chaos and confusion reigned as survivors scrambled to protect the Hawaiian islands in the aftermath of the Japanese bombardment.