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1985: At 55, Mikhail Gorbachev succeeds Konstantin Tchernenko, who died on March 10. The new secretary general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union will engage the USSR in a series of radical reforms. Gorbachev will be the last Communist leader of the USSR. He resigned in December 1991 after the collapse of the communist bloc.
1905: Official inauguration of the Paris metro.
1649: France, the Sling parliament ends with the Peace of Rueil.