This Day in History 05/06

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1661 – Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge

1806 – Batavian Republic becomes Kingdom of Holland

1833 – Ada Lovelace (future 1st computer programmer) meets Charles Babbage

1849 – Danish National Day-Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy

1873 – Sultan Bargash closes slave market of Zanzibar

1959 – The first government of the State of Singapore is sworn in.

1967 – 6 day war between Israel & Arab neighbors begin

1972 – UN Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm

1975 – Egypt president Sadat reopens Suez Canal (closed since 1967)

1977 – Coup in Seychelles (National Day)
1979 – Seychelles adopts constitution

1981 – Aid Epidemic officially begins when US Centers of Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting 5 homosexual men

1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev receives his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize

1993 – Liberian Charles Taylors rebellion kills 550 fugitives

2006 – Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.

2013 – Nawaz Sharif is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan


1723 – Adam Smith, Kirkcaldy Scotland, economist (Wealth of Nations) (baptized) image

1941 – Spalding Gray, RI, actor (Beaches, Clara’s Heart, Heavy Petting) image

1949 – Ken Follett, Cardiff, Wales, spy author (Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions) image

1958 – Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, President of the Comoros

1971 – Mark Wahlberg, Boston, Massachusetts, rap singer (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) and actor (Boogie Nights, The Departed) image


1825 – Odysseas Androutsos, hero in the Greek War of Independence

1900 – Stephen Crane, author (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 28 image

1906 – Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, German philosopher (b. 1842)

1994 – Thomas Millar, historian, dies at 67

2004 – Ronald Reagan, 40th US President, Governor of California and radio and film actor, dies aged 93 image

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This Day in History 25/05


1895 – The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as the president

1946 – Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan

1946 – Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1963 – Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia

1989 – Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union

1997 – A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.

2000 – Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.

2011 – Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show

2013 – Bayern Munich defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final

2013 –  Yuichiro Miura of Japan becomes the oldest person to climb Mount Everest


1818 – Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian

1889 – Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft


1907 – Rachel Carson, conservationist/writer (silent springs)


1908 – David Lean, British director (Lawrence of Arabia)

1908 – Theodore Roethke, US, poet (Words for the Wind)

1939 – Ian McKellen, England, actor (Keep, Plenty, Scarlet Pimpernel)


1969 – Anne Heche, Ohio, actress (Donnie Brasco, Juror, Volcano)


1979 – Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer


1919 – Madame C. J. Walker, wealthy cosmetics manufacturer, dies at 51


1954 – Robert Capa, Hungarian-born photojournalist (b. 1913)


2010 – Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)

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