Today in Weapons History
Events 1 - 60 of 60
1776-05-02 - France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels
1837-05-17 - Royal Decides installs the Weapon of Belgium firm(ly)
1862-09-15 - Confederates conquer Union-weapon arsenal at Harpers Ferry WV
1895-06-29 - Doukhobors burn their weapons as a protest against conscription by the Tsarist Russian government.
1912-12-03 - Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece & Bulgaria sign weapons pact
1923-04-13 - Army wins 1st college three-weapon fencing championships
1933-12-20 - Bolivia & Paraguay sign weapon cease fire
1935-06-12 - Weapons pact ends 3 year war of Gran Chaco (Bolivia vs Paraguay)
1942-02-28 - 1st weapon drop on Netherlands
1942-12-22 - World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
1944-10-28 - Russia & Bulgaria sign weapon pact
1948-10-21 - UN reject Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons
1950-05-08 - Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons
1955-03-16 - President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war
1955-07-15 - Eighteen Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.
1957-11-18 - Tunisia refuses Russian weapons
1958-03-25 - West German parliament desires German atomic weapons
1958-03-31 - USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same
1958-04-04 - 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston England)
1959-07-01 - Israeli Knesset agrees to weapon sales to West-Germany
1960-11-22 - French National Meeting decide to build own nuclear weapons
1960-11-30 - French Senate condemns building own nuclear weapons
Dictator Fidel Castro 1962-11-19 - Fidel Castro accepts removal of Soviet weapons
1963-10-09 - French air force gets 1st nuclear weapons
1964-11-17 - British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa
1966-12-08 - US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
1967-01-27 - Treaty banning military use of nuclear weapons in space, signed
1967-05-19 - USSR ratifies treaty with Engl & US banning nuclear weapons in space
1970-08-07 - 4, including presiding judge, killed in courthouse shootout in San Rafael, California (Police charge Angela Davis provided weapons)
1971-02-11 - US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
1972-04-10 - US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
1974-01-18 - Israel & Egypt sign weapons accord
1975-03-26 - The Biological Weapons Convention enters into force.
1977-11-04 - UN Security council proclaims weapon embargo against South Africa
1981-11-30 - Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe (the meetings ended inconclusively on December 17).
1982-12-08 - Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)
1983-03-08 - House Foreign Affairs Com endorses nuclear weapons freeze with USSR
1983-05-03 - Soviet leader Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe
1983-05-03 - US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
1983-11-23 - USSR leave weapon disarmament talks
1985-02-04 - Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell NZ of nuclear weapons
1986-11-13 - US president Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran
1987-06-08 - New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels. This makes New Zealand the first and (as of June 2006) only nation to ban these things from its territory.
1989-01-07 - Intl Conference on Limitation of Chemical Weapons opens in Paris
1989-01-08 - Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
1989-01-11 - 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)
1989-09-26 - Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet & US chemical weapons
1991-07-31 - Russia & US sign long range nuclear weapons reduction pact
1991-09-28 - UN weapons inspectors ends 5-day standoff with Iraq
1991-10-05 - USSR reduces nuclear weapons arsenal
1994-05-06 - House passes the assault weapons ban
1997-04-29 - The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 enters into force, outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories.
1998-10-31 - Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
2002-11-18 - Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
2004-04-24 - The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
2004-05-26 - The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
2007-08-29 - A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.
2007-09-11 - Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs.
2012-01-23 - European Union agrees to embargo Iranian oil in protest against Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program
2012-04-29 - International Chemical Weapons Convention deadline for chemical weapon stockpiles comes into effect
Birthdays 1 - 12 of 12
1838-06-27 - Paul von Mauser, German weapon designer (d. 1914)
1855-01-21 - John M Browning, US, weapons manufacturer
1884-09-24 - Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (d. 1953)
1903-01-12 - Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist - helped develop 1st Soviet nuclear weapon
1920-02-20 - Evgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)
1941-07-26 - Darlene Love, singer/actress (Lethal Weapon)
1946-07-22 - Danny Glover, San Francisco CA, actor (Lethal Weapon, Operation Dumbo Drop)
1950-08-11 - Gennidy Nikonov, Russian weapons inventor
1950-10-09 - Gary Frank, Spokane WA, actor (Enemy Territory, Deadly Weapon)
1956-01-03 - Mel Gibson, Peekskill NY, actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon)
1961-07-15 - Scott Ritter, UN weapons inspector in Iraq
1968-03-04 - Patsy Kensit, London, actress (Lethal Weapon 2, Hanover St)
Deaths 1 - 6 of 6
1882-01-13 - Wilhelm Mauser, German weapon designer and manufacturer (b. 1834)
1926-11-26 - John M Brown, US weapons constructer, dies
1932-05-07 - Albert Thomas, French social minister of Weapon production, dies
1953-09-12 - Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (b. 1884)
1991-08-01 - Stuart Wilson, actor (The Girl Who Had Everything), dies at 87
2003-07-17 - David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)