This Day in History 3103
1885 – Great Britain declares Bechuanaland a protectorate
1889 – 300m Eiffel Tower officially opens (commemorates French Revolution)
1946 – The first election is held in Greece after World War II.
1953 – UN Security Council nominates Dag Hammarskjoeld secretary-general
1954 – USSR offers to join NATO
1953 – Chief Anthony Enaohoro of Nigeria moved in House of Representative that the house accepts as a primary political objective the attainment of ‘Self – Government for Nigeria in 1956’, he was opposed by Alhaji Ahmadu Bello the Sardauna of Sokoto who moved the adoption of an amendment changing the words ‘in 1956’ to as soon as practicable.
1979 – The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
1991 – Soviet Rep of Georgia endorsed independence; Warsaw Pact dissolves
1991 – The Establishment of Islamic Constitutional Movement – Hadas in Kuwait.
1992 – UN Security Council voted to ban flights & arms sales to Libya
1994 – Human evolution: The journal Nature reports the finding in Ethiopia of the first complete Australopithecus afarensis skull.
1596 – René Descartes, France, philosopher (he thought, therefore he was)
1878 – Jack Johnson,1st black heavyweight boxing champ (1908-1915)
1727 – Isaac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84
1945 – Hans Fischer, German physicist (Nobel 1930), dies at 63
1991 – John Carter, US jazz clarinetist (Roots & folklore), dies
1993 – Brandon Lee, US actor (Crow)/son of Bruce Lee, accidentally shot at 28