This Week in History

HISTORY, 30 Mar 2015

Satoshi Ashikaga – TRANSCEND Media Service

Mar 30–Apr 5


Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done. — Louise D. Brandeis


2013  DPRK (North Korea) declares it is at a state of war with ROK (South Korea).

– Visit, for instance, North Korea says enters ‘state of war’ against South ;_ North Korea Reportedly Entering ‘State of War’ Against South Korea ; _and/or Here’s North Korea’s Official Declaration of ‘War’.

– For DPRK, visit, for instance, NKNEWS.ORG and/or the official webpage of DPR of Korea.

2006  The United Kingdom Terrorism Act 2006 becomes a law.

1984  US ends participation in the Multinational Force in Lebanon (MNF), an international peacekeeping force.


1983  USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk, USSR.

1981  U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr. Another two people are wounded at the same time.

1979  Airey Neave, a British Member of Parliament, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.

1976  The first Land Day protests are held in Israel/Palestine.

1972  Vietnam War: The Easter Offensive begins after North Vietnamese forces cross into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) of South Vietnam.

1965  Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the United States Embassy, Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.

1961  The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed in New York City.

1949  A riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joins NATO.

1945  World War II: Soviet forces invade Austria and capture Vienna; Polish and Soviet forces liberate Danzig.

1944  Allied bombing raid on Nuremberg. Along the English eastern coast 795 aircraft are dispatched, including 572 Lancasters, 214 Halifaxes and 9 Mosquitos. The bombers meet resistance at the coasts of Belgium and the Netherlands from German fighters. In total, 95 bombers are lost, making it the largest RAF Bomber Command loss of World War II.

1944  World War II: Allied bombers conduct their most severe bombing run on Sofia, Bulgaria.

1940  Second Sino-Japanese War: Japan declares Nanking capital of a new Chinese puppet government, nominally controlled by Wang Jingwei.

1926  Stalin supports rights of non-Serbian Yugoslavians.

– For pertinent subjects, visit, for instance, The Free Dictionary: Yugoslavia ; State: Yugoslavia (Jugoslavija) ; Serbia (Srbija) and Yugoslavia (Jugoslavija) ; Timelines: Yugoslavia ; Tito’s Last Secret: How Did He Keep the Yugoslavs Together? ; _ and/or _ Understanding Yugoslavia.

1918  Outburst of bloody March Events in Baku and other locations of Baku Governorate.

1912  Sultan Abdelhafid signs the Treaty of Fez, making Morocco a French protectorate.

1899  German Society of Chemistry issues an invitation to other national scientific organizations to appoint delegates to the International Committee on Atomic Weights.

1885  The Battle for Kushka triggers the Panjdeh Incident which nearly gives rise to war between the British Empire and Russian Empire.

1867  Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2-cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.

1856  The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Crimean War.

1855  Origins of the American Civil War: Bleeding Kansas – “Border Ruffians” from Missouri invade Kansas and force election of a pro-slavery legislature.

1844  One of the most important battles of the Dominican War of Independence from Haiti takes place near the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.




2014  The International Court of Justice at the U.N. agrees that Japanese whaling is conducted for commercial purposes, not scientific research; Japan accepts the order to cease all whaling activities in the Antarctic.

– Visit, for instance, ICJ rules against Japanese whaling ; _ and _ BREAKING: Japan’s ‘research whaling’ ruled illegal by International Court of Justice.

2011  After protests against the burning of the Quran turn violent, a mob attacks a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.

2009  Croatia and Albania join NATO.

2004  Iraq War in Anbar Province: In Fallujah, Iraq, four American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed after being ambushed.

1995  End of the US military campaign in Somalia.

– Visit, for instance, Somalia: Civil War, Intervention and Withdrawal 1990 – 1995 ; _ and _ Wikipedia: Somali Civil War.

1991  Georgian independence referendum, 1991: Nearly 99 percent of the voters support the country’s independence from the Soviet Union.

1964  A coup d’état in Brazil establishes a military government, under the aegis of general Castelo Branco.

1959  The 14th Dalai Lama, crosses the border into India and is granted political asylum.

– Visit, for instance, The Tibetan Uprising in 1959 ;_ Wikipedia: 1959 Tibetan Uprising ;_ and/or _ This Day in History: Dalai Lama begins exile ;_ March 31, 1959, Dalai Lama Exile Begins ;_ and _ Why Tibet? HISTORY LEADING UP TO 10TH 1959.

1945  World War II: a defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1, the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft, to the Americans, the first to fall into Allied hands.

1945  World War II: a defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1, the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft, to the Americans, the first to fall into Allied hands.

1942  World War II: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession.

1899  Malolos, capital of the First Philippine Republic, was captured by American forces.

1918  Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.

1918  Massacre of ethnic Azerbaijanis is committed by allied armed groups of Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Bolsheviks. Nearly 12,000 Azerbaijani Muslims are killed.

1909  Serbia accepts Austrian control over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1889  The Eiffel Tower is officially opened.

1885  The United Kingdom establishes a protectorate over Bechuanaland.

1866  The Spanish Navy bombs the harbor of Valparaíso, Chile.

1854  Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade.

1822  The massacre of the population of the Greek island of Chios by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire following an attempted rebellion, depicted by the French artist Eugène Delacroix.

1774  American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.




2011  After protests against the burning of the Quran turn violent, a mob attacks a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.

2009  Croatia and Albania join NATO.

2006  The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the “British FBI”, is created in the United Kingdom.

2001  Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first contemporary country to allow it.

1999  Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.

1989  Margaret Thatcher‘s new local government tax, the Community Charge (commonly known as the “poll tax”), is introduced in Scotland.

1986  Sector Kanda: Communist Party of Nepal (Mashal) cadres attacks a number of police stations in Kathmandu, seeking to incite a popular rebellion.

1979  Iran becomes an Islamic republic by a 99% vote, officially overthrowing the Shah.

1976  Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.

1973  Project Tiger, a tiger conservation project, is launched in the Corbett National Park, India.

1971  Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army massacre over 1,000 people in Keraniganj Upazila, Bangladesh.

1970  President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General‘s warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States, starting on January 1, 1971.

1961  Single Integrated Operation Plan goes into effect.

1960  France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds, Algeria.

– Visit French Atmospheric Nuclear Tests Database.

– Visit Wikipedia: France and weapons of mass destruction.

1955  The EOKA rebellion against the British Empire begins in Cyprus, with the goal of obtaining the desired unification (“enosis”) with Greece.

1952  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1949 The 26 counties of the Irish Free State become Ireland.

1949  Chinese Civil War: The Chinese Communist Party holds unsuccessful peace talks with the Nationalist Party in Beijing, after three years of fighting.

1948  Faroe Islands gain autonomy from Denmark.

1948  Cold War: Berlin AirliftMilitary forces, under direction of the Soviet-controlled government in East Germany, set-up a land blockade of West Berlin.

1945  World War II: Operation IcebergUnited States troops land on Okinawa in the last major campaign of the war.

1941  A military coup in Iraq overthrows the regime of ‘Abd al-Ilah and installs Rashid Ali as Prime Minister.

1941  The Blockade Runner Badge for the German navy is instituted.

1941  Fântâna Albă massacre: between 200 and 2,000 Romanian civilians are killed by Soviet Border Guards.

1939  Spanish Civil War: Generalísimo Francisco Franco of the Spanish State announces the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces surrender.

1937  Spanish Civil War: Jaén, Spain is bombed by Nazi forces.

1936  Odisha formerly known as Kalinga or Utkal becomes a state in India.

1933  The recently elected Nazis under Julius Streicher organize a one-day boycott of all Jewish-owned businesses in Germany, ushering in a series of anti-Semitic acts.

1924  Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years in jail for his participation in the “Beer Hall Putsch“. However, he spends only nine months in jail, during which he writes Mein Kampf.

1919  The Staatliches Bauhaus school is founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar.

1867  Singapore becomes a British crown colony.




2014  The US National Security Agency confirms that it has been using a legal loophole to search phone calls and emails of Americans without a warrant.

– Visit also, for instance, NSA Confirms Warrantless Searches of Americans.

2013 The UN General Assembly of 2 April 2013 (71st Plenary Meeting) adopts the Arms Trade Treaty as a resolution by a 154-to-3 vote with 23 abstentions. North Korea, Iran, and Syria voted in opposition.

Text of the Arms Trade Treaty.

2004  Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid; the attack is thwarted.

2002  Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated; a siege ensues.

1994 The National Convention of New Sudan of the SPLA/M opens in Chukudum.

1989 Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.

1985  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1982  Falklands War: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.

1975  Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from Quảng Ngãi Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.

1973  The Liberal Movement breaks away from the Liberal and Country League in South Australia.

1945  Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.

1930  After the mysterious death of Empress Zewditu, Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.

1921  The Autonomous Government of Khorasan, a military government encompassing the modern state of Iran, is established.

1917  World War I: United States President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.

1902  Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg.

1801  Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Copenhagen – The British capture the Danish fleet.


2004  Islamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves.

1997  The Thalit massacre begins in Algeria; all but one of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.

1988  USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk, USSR.

1987  USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk, USSR.

1985  French government adopts equal electoral system.

– Visit, for instance, French Regional elections: With ‘proportional’ system, the devil is in the datails… ; _ Wikipedia: Proportional representation ;_and/or_ PROPORTIONAL REPRESETATION VOTING SYSTEMS.

1980  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1980  France performs nuclear test.

1976  France performs nuclear test at Muruora, Island.

1973  Martin Cooper of Motorola makes the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, though it took ten years for the DynaTAC 8000X to become the first such phone to be commercially released.

1969  Vietnam War: United States Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to “Vietnamize” the war effort.

1968  Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

1957  USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test.

1955  The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg‘s book Howl against obscenity charges.

1948  In Jeju, South Korea, a civil-war-like period of violence and human rights abuses begins, known as the Jeju massacre.

1948  President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.

1942  World War II: Japanese forces begin an assault on the United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula.

1922  Joseph Stalin becomes the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1919  Austria expels all Habsburgers. Visit, for instance,




2014  President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, claims that climate change will lead to battles over water and food within the next five to ten years.

– For pertinent articles, visit, for instance, Industry vs. Environment: The Battle over Climate Change ;_ New Climate Battle over Food Pyramid; $784M needed to Repair Great Barrier Reef ;_ Climate change starting a fast-food chicken war ;_ and/or _ Fight climate change by eating less meat.

2002  The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.

1991  The current flag of Hong Kong is adopted for post-colonial Hong Kong during the Third Session of the Seventh National People’s Congress.

1984  President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.

1981  The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force mounts an attack on H-3 Airbase and destroys about 50 Iraqi aircraft.

1980  USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk, USSR.

1979  Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.

1976 Prince Norodom Sihanouk resigns as leader of Cambodia and is placed under house arrest.

1975  Vietnam War: Operation Baby Lift – A United States Air Force Lockheed C-5A Galaxy transporting orphans, crashes near Saigon, South Vietnam shortly after takeoff; 172 die.

1975  Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico

1969  The World Trade Center in New York is officially dedicated.

1969  Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.

1968  Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

1967  Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech in New York City‘s Riverside Church.

1966  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1965  The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft is unveiled.

– Visit, for instance, Saab history – milestones ; _ and/or _ Swedish Air Force Historic Flight Preserves: Sweden’s Unique Military Aviation Heritage.

– For military industrial complex, visit, for instance, Military-Industrial Complex ;_ and _ Wikipedia: Military-Industrial Complex.

1960  France agrees to grant independence to the Mali Federation, a union of Senegal and French Sudan.

1958  The CND peace symbol is displayed in public for the first time in London.

1949  Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

1945  World War II: Soviet troops liberate from German occupation and/or occupy Hungary. (national Hungarian holiday until 1990)

1945  World War II: American troops liberate Ohrdruf forced labor camp in Germany.

1944  World War II: First bombardment of oil refineries in Bucharest by Anglo-American forces kills 3000 civilians.

1930  The Communist Party of Panama is founded. The Communist Party of Panama is founded.

1913  First Balkan War: Greek aviator Emmanouil Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot to die in the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashes.




2009  North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks.

1999  Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.

1992  The Siege of Sarajevo begins when Serb paramilitaries murder peace protesters Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sučić on the Vrbanja Bridge.

– For Siege of Sarajevo overall, visit, for instance, Russia and Eastern Europe Chronology: Siege of Sarajevo 1992 – 1996 ;_ THE SIEGE OF SARAJEVO 1992 – 1996 (PHOTO STORY – PART 1) ;_ THE SIEGE OF SARAJEVO MUSEUM – THE ART OF LIVING 1992 – 1996 (FAMA COLLECTION) ;_ Sarajevo 1992 – 1995: looking back after 20 years ; _ SURVIVAL MAP ;_ Life and death on my street in Sarajevo ; _ Sports of The Times; From Sarajevo 1984 To Sarajevo Today [1994] ; _ and/or _ Siege of Sarajevo (Opsada Sarajevo).

– Watch some documentary films/videos on Siege of Sarajevo, among others, for instance, Love and Death in Sarajevo (Full Documentary) ; _ A Sarajevo Diary: From bad to worse ; _ and/or _ Sector Sarajevo.

– For Sarajevo after the War, and/or historical and other relevant issues, visit, for instance, Life After War: Sarajevo Today ; Two Decades After Siege, Sarajevo Still A City Divided ; _ Sarajevo: A Crossroads in History ; and/or _ Visual Jewish World: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

– In addition, visit, for instance _ From Sarajevo, a Girl and a Diary on Fear ; _ Zlata Filipović ; _ and _ Cellist of Sarajevo (Real Life) ; _ Vedran Smaijović.

– One of the things that Bosnia did recently was this: Bosnia donates 550 tonnes of arms to Iraq, more may follow: minister.

1992  Alberto Fujimori, president of Peru, dissolves the Peruvian congress by military force.

1986  Three people are killed in the bombing of the La Belle Discothèque in West Berlin, Germany.

1977  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1976  In the People’s Republic of China, the April Fifth Movement leads to the Tiananmen incident.

1971  In Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna launches a revolt against the United Front government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

1969  Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities.

1965  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1956  Fidel Castro declares himself at war with Cuban President Fulgencio Batista.

1951  Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for spying for the Soviet Union.

1946  Soviet troops leave the island of Bornholm, Denmark after an 11-month occupation.

1945  Cold War: Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito signs an agreement with the Soviet Union to allow “temporary entry of Soviet troops into Yugoslav territory”.

1944  World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.

1942  World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy launches a carrier-based air attack on Colombo, Ceylon during the Indian Ocean Raid. Port and civilian facilities are damaged and the Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire are sunk southwest of the island.

1933  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs two executive orders: 6101 to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps, and 6102 “forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates” by U.S. citizens.

1932  Alcohol prohibition in Finland ends. Alcohol sales begin in Alko liquor stores.

1879  Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.

1847  Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park in Britain, is opened in Birkenhead.

1818  In the Battle of Maipú, Chile‘s independence movement – led by Bernardo O’Higgins and José de San Martín – win a decisive victory over Spain, leaving 2,000 Spaniards and 1,000 Chilean patriots dead.


 Satoshi Ashikaga is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment originally from Japan.

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