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

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