First day of the Great Uprising in Palestine (1936)
Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Guatemala are established (1945)
The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in success for the Progressive defenders (1961)
The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, ends; 81 people die (1993)
Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title (2011)
b: Otto Georg Thierack (1889); d: Charles Darwin (1882), Hermine Braunsteiner (1999)
Get 'On this day' by RSS or via daily email.