February 01

This Day in History

1979

Ayatollah returns to Iran

On February 1, 1979, the Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Tehran, Iran, after 15 years of exile in Iraq and France and takes control of the Iranian Revolution. Khomeini, a leader of the Shiite branch of … (more...)

1968

Nguyen Ngoc Loan Photographed Executing Viet Cong Officer

On this day in 1968, during the Vietnam War, Saigon's police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head. The captured prisoner, Nguyen Van Lem, was in handcuffs … (more...)

1902

Cixi Outlaws Foot Binding

Ending centuries of a painful cultural practice that often left women crippled, disabled, and in constant pain, Chinese empress Cixi outlawed foot binding on this day in 1902. Born Yehenara on 29 … (more...)