21st August 1959
President Eisenhower signed proclamation admitting Hawaii to the union as the 50th state. 60 years.
21st January 1924
Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Russian SFSR and premier of the Soviet Union, died. 95 years.
22nd August 1939
The Molotov-Ribbentrop is signed. The pact between Germany and Russia, reported as a non-aggression treaty but was actually an agreement to split Poland between them. 80 years.
24th November 1864
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the French artist, was born. 155 years.
24th November 1929
Georges Benjamin Clemenceau, Prime Minister of France during WWI, died. 90 years.
25th December 1889
Humphrey Bogart, American film and stage actor, was born. 120 years.
27th December 1949
Indonesian National Revolution - After four years of conflict, the Netherlands formally transfers sovereignty over to Indonesia. 70 Years
28th June 1919
The Treaty of Versailles that ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers was signed. 100 Years
29th October 1929
The stock market crashes, causing the deepest and longest economic downturn in the history of the Western world. 90 Years
2nd August 1934
Paul von Hindenburg, the former President of Germany, died. 85 years.
2nd August 1964
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, causing President Johnson to escalate war in Vietnam. 55 years.
2nd February 1989
End Soviet-Afghan War - The last Soviet armoured column leaves Kabul. 30 Years
2nd March 1919
The first Communist International or Third International meets in Moscow. 100 years
2nd May 1519
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, the Italian polymath, died in Clos Lucé, Amboise, France. 500 years.
30th May 1859
Big Ben rung for the first time in London. 160 years
31st December 1869
Henri Matisse, the French artist and leader of the Fauvist movement, was born. 150 years.
3rd February 1924
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, died. 95 years.
3rd November 1954
Henri Matisse, the French artist and leader of the Fauvist movement, died. 65 years.
3rd September 1939
Beginning of WWII - France, the UK, New Zealand and Australia declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland. 80 Years
4th April 1949
The anniversary of the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, also known as NATO. 70 years.
4th July 1934
Marie Curie, the Polish-born French physicist, died. 85 years.
4th May 1979
Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister in the United Kingdom. 40 years
5th November 1979
Al Capone, gangster and co-founder/boss of the Chicago Outfit during prohibition in the US, dies. 40 years.
6th January 1919
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States died. 100 years.

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