Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013

April 4

This Day in History

1818  
The United States Congress adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20).

1939  
Faisal II becomes King of Iraq.

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

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

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

1979  
President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.

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