1640: Portugal regains independence after 60 years of Spanish rule.
1783: Charles and M.N. Roberts ascend 2,000′ in a hydrogen balloon.
1821: Santo Domingo (Dominican Rep) proclaims independence from Spain.
1822: Dom Pedro crowned emperor of Brazil.
1887: Sino-Portuguese treaty recognizes Portugal’s control of Macao.
1913: Continuous moving assembly line introduced by Ford (1 car every 2.5 minutes).
1918: Iceland becomes independent state under the Danish crown.
1919: Lady Astor sworn-in as 1st female member of British Parliament.
1929: BINGO invented by Edwin S Lowe.
1934: Sergei Kirov Josef Stalin’s collaborator, assassinated in Leningrad.
1935: Woody Allen was born.
1939: Lee Trevino was born.
1936: Bell Labs tests coaxial cable for TV use.
1940: Richard Pryor was born.
1945: Bette Midler was born.
1947: Aleister Crowley, occultist, died at 74.
1958: Central African Rep made autonomous member of French Commonwealth.
1959: 12 nations sign a treaty for scientific peaceful use of Antarctica.
1959: 1st color photograph of Earth from outer space.
1973: Australia grants self-government to Papua New Guinea.
1973: David Ben-Gurion founding father of Israel dies in Tel Aviv at 87.
1987: Digging begins to link England and France under the English Channel.
1988: Benazir Bhutto named 1st female PM of a Moslem country.
1989: East Germany drops the communist monopoly from its constitution.
1989: USSR Pres Mikhail S. Gorbachev meets Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
1990: British and French workers meet in English Channel’s tunnel.
1990: Iraq accepts Bush’s offer for talks.
1990: Lithauania, Estonia and Latvia hold their 1st joint session.
1991: Inaugural AIDS awareness day and the Ukranian people vote for independence.
Oh, and in 1976, I showed up on this planet. Happy Birthday to me 🙂