45 years ago today, the Yom Kippur War between Israel and a coalition of Arab states officially ended with a ceasefire. The near stalemate paved the way for subsequent peace processes, like the 1978 Camp David Accords that led to the return of the Sinai to Egypt and normalized relations—the first peaceful recognition of Israel by an Arab country. (1973)

More Good News on this Date:

  • Memorial: The Edelweiss Pirates, a loosely organized youth movement in Nazi Germany, which assisted army deserters and others to hide from the Third Reich, fell under a Nazi crackdown (1944)
  • Latvia established its first post-Soviet constitution (1992)
  • British crime rates reached their lowest levels in 20 years (2001)
  • Kazakhstan celebrates Republic Day

And, Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.picasso cubist painting

A Spanish painter and sculptor, he had trouble getting out of bed in the morning, and usually spent the afternoon conversing with friends. In the evening he got around to his visionary artwork.

Also on this day in 2007, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, 22, repeatedly and without hesitation charged into extreme enemy fire in Afghanistan to rescue wounded comrades.

Obama presents Medal of Honor to a soldierHis heroic actions, which disrupted the ambush and foiled the capture of a wounded American soldier, earned him the Medal of Honor.

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