This Day in History 01/05
1707 – England, Wales & Scotland form United Kingdom of Great Britain
1852 – The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation.
1853 – Argentina adopts its constitution
1925 – Cyprus becomes a British Crown Colony
1946 – The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy
1948 – North Korea proclaims itself People’s Democratic Republic of Korea
1949 – Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)
1956 – A doctor in Japan reports an “epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system”, marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
1961 – Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britian
1997 – Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of UK
2000 – Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the existence of “a state of rebellion”, hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III rebellion.
2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the “Mission Accomplished” speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California.
2004 – Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
2013 – A digital camera is created that can mimic insect compound eye
1975 – Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2003)
Actress Jodhi May (1975)
1975 – Jodhi May, London, British actress (A World Apart, The Other Boleyn Girl)
1981 – Derek Asamoah, Ghanaian Footballer
1539 – Isabella of Portugal, queen of Spain and empress of Germany (b. 1503
1873 – David Livingstone, British physician/explorer (Africa), dies at 60
1945 – Paul Joseph Goebbels, Nazi minister of propoganda, commits suicide
1952 – William Fox, [Fried], US film pioneer (Nickelodeon), dies at 73