THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 1240 Mongols under Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kiev; out of 50,000 people in the city only 2,000 survive
  • 1865 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery
  • 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland
  • 1998 Hugo Chávez is elected President of Venezuela
  • 2006 NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars

Source: Onthisday.com

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