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)

1926 – Marilyn Monroe, [Norma Jean Mortenson], LA, actress (Some Like It Hot) image

1973 – Heidi Klum, Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, German supermodel image

1974 – Alanis Nadine Morisette, vocalist (Jagged Little Pill) image

1981 – Brandi Carlile, American singer and songwriter

1984 – Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar, first Mongolian athlete win gold medal from Olympics


1868 – James Buchanan, 15th US president (1857-61), dies at 77 image

1952 – John Dewey, US philosopher (Common Faith), dies at 92 image

1971 – Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologist (Nature & Destiny of Man), dies at 78 image

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