A Day of Great Consequence and Sorrow
Three events that reshaped the world – the Yalta Conference, the Iranian Revolution and the release of Nelson Mandela – occurred on this day, along with the untimely deaths of Sylvia Plath and Whitney Houston.
An Agreement at Yalta Defines Post-War Europe
The meeting of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin at Livadia Palace near Yalta in Crimea, reached an agreement on Europe’s post-war reorganization, the Soviet’s entry into the war against Japan and the United Nations.
Iranian Military Steps Aside to Ayatollah Khomeini
Less than a month after the Shah’s departure and ten days after Ayatollah Khomeini’s arrival, the provisional government collapsed when the army announced its neutrality and returned to the barracks – effectively giving control of the country to Khomeini.
Nelson Mandela Walks in Freedom
South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity. He would become President of South Africa by 1994.
American Poet and author Sylvia Plath (30) found dead after committing suicide in her home in London in 1963. Plath left behind her husband, a daughter and a son. Her son would kill himself in 2009.
In 2012, singing legend Whitney Houston (48) was found dead in the bathtub of her hotel room in Beverly Hills, due to drowning and the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”. Three years later, Houston’s daughter was found in a bath tub and died several months later.