1867 – Singapore, Penang & Malakka become British crown colonies
1905 – British East African Protectorate becomes colony of Kenya
1924 – Crown takes over Northern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co
1936 – The previous autonomous Ibadan Township was incorporated in the jurisdiction of the Ibadan Native Authority.
1966 – 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal
1966 – China premier Tsjoe en-Lai starts “Cultural revolution”
1976 – Stephen Wozniak & Steven Jobs found Apple Computer
1979 – Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah
1982 – Anguilla (dependent territory of UK) adopts constitution
1991 – Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, which is the first country to allow it.
2001 – Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.
2004 – Google introduces its Gmail product to the public. The launch is met with scepticism on account of the launch date.
2009 – Croatia and Albania joined NATO
2013 – The world’s first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan
1578 – William Harvey, England, physician (discovered blood circulation)
1823 – Simon Bolivar Buckner, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1914
1940 – Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
1950 – Charles R. Drew, surgeon/developer of blood bank concept, dies at 45
1976 – Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
1991 – Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
2012 – Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican President, dies from complications of pulmonary emphysema at 77