This Day in History

Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island

A nuclear disaster strikes Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, when a partial meltdown occurs in one of its reactors, triggering fears of a catastrophic radioactive release. This incident, the most serious nuclear accident in U.S. history, prompts widespread concerns about nuclear safety and leads to significant changes in regulations and oversight […]

Israel and Egypt Sign Peace Agreement

Israel and Egypt sign a historic peace agreement at the White House, ending decades of conflict and establishing diplomatic relations between the two nations. The Camp David Accords, brokered by U.S. President Jimmy Carter, paved the way for peace and cooperation in the region, setting a precedent for future negotiations and peace processes.

Voyager 1 Encounters Jupiter

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft made its closest approach to Jupiter, capturing stunning images and data that revolutionized our understanding of the largest planet in our solar system.

Smallpox is Declared Eradicated

A momentous achievement in public health occurred on December 9th, 1979, when the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared smallpox eradicated, marking the first disease to be eliminated by human effort.

Iranian Hostage Crisis Begins

On this day, fifty-two Americans were taken hostage by Iranian militants at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, marking the beginning of the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The crisis lasted for 444 days and strained diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran.