This Day in History 01:06
1919 – Rhineland Republic forms in Wiesbaden
1949 – British government grants Cyrenaica (East-Libya) independence
1959 – Constitution of Tunisia promulgated (National Day)
1963 – Jomo Kenyatta becomes 1st Prime Minister of Kenya
1964 – Kenya becomes a republic and Jomo Kenyatta its President
1972 – Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
2007 – Smoking is banned from United Kingdom’s public places.
2008 – A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroys several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.
2009 – Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. All 228 passengers and crew were killed.
1907 – Frank A Whittle, England inventor (jet engine)
1981 – Brandi Carlile, American singer and songwriter
1984 – Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar, first Mongolian athlete win gold medal from Olympics