HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY ON THIS DATE
767 - Pope Paul I dies.
1098 - The Crusaders defeat the Turks at Antioch during the First Crusade.
1836 - Snow falls in Sydney, with reports of people making snowballs in suburban Enmore.
1838 - The coronation of Queen Victoria takes place in Westminster Abbey, a year after she ascended the throne.
1861 - Robert (O'Hara) Burke, the Irish-born Australian explorer who crossed Australia from south to north, dies on his return journey.
1880 - Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly, is wounded and captured at Glenrowan, Victoria.
1914 - A Serbian nationalist assassinates the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and his wife in Sarajevo - an incident widely considered to have sparked World War I.
1919 - The Treaty of Versailles is signed in France, formally ending World War I.
1950 - North Korean soldiers capture Seoul as South Koreans retreat south of Han River.
1970 - US troops begin their withdrawal from Cambodia.
1976 - The Seychelles gain independence from Britain.
1988 - The 15-month trial of Spanish oil dealers accused of selling industrial rapeseed oil for human consumption comes to an end; the oil killed 650 and maimed 25,000.
1996 - Turkish president Suleyman Demirel approves the country's first Islamic-led government in 73 years.
1996 - Russian troops begin a long-promised pullout from Chechnya.
1997 - Evander Holyfield retains the WBA heavyweight boxing crown after Mike Tyson is disqualified for biting Holyfield's ear during the third round of the fight in Las Vegas.
1997 - Forensic experts uncover six skeletons near the Bolivian town of Vallegrande. It is later determined one is the remains of guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
1998 - Serb war crimes suspect Slavko Dokmanovic hangs himself at a detention centre outside The Hague.
2001 - Yugoslavia hands over former dictator Slobodan Milosevic to the UN war crimes tribunal to face trial for crimes against humanity and war crimes in the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict.
2003 - Mexico extradites former Argentine naval officer, Ricardo Miguel Cavallo, to Spain, where he faces charges of genocide and terrorism related to his role in the "dirty war" waged by the 1976-83 Argentine military dictatorship against its domestic opponents.
2004 - The US hands back power in Iraq, two days ahead of schedule.
2006 - Montenegro becomes the 192nd member of the United Nations, a month after it ended its 88-year partnership with Serbia that completed the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.
2007 - Israeli President Moshe Katsav agrees to resign in a plea bargain that drops rape allegations and the threat of jail time in return for pleading guilty to lesser charges.
2010 - Ten people are arrested for allegedly serving as secret agents of the Russian government with the goal of penetrating US government policymaking circles.
2012 - Archaeologists say pottery fragments found in a south China cave have been confirmed to be 20,000 years old, making them the oldest pottery in the world.
2013 - Tour de France riders, including Australian cyclist Cadel Evans, dismiss claims by disgraced athlete Lance Armstrong that it is "impossible" to win the event without taking banned substances.
2014 - The Iraqi government launches its biggest push yet to wrest back ground lost to Sunni militants as troops begin an offensive to retake the northern city of Tikrit.
2015 - A 13-year-old boy dies after falling a number of storeys inside the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney.
2016 - The parents of Sydney siege hostage Katrina Dawson sit through a 3D reconstruction showing in graphic detail the aftermath of the stand-off at the Lindt cafe in which their daughter was killed.
2017 - Production at Cadbury's famous chocolate factory in Hobart grinds to a halt after its parent company falls victim to a cyber attack sweeping the world.
2018 - A landslide kills 14 people in northern Myanmar.
2019 - Rugby Australia and Israel Folau fail to reach agreement at the Fair Work Commission over the ex-Wallaby's sacking after homophobic social media posts. (RA's boss later dismisses reports of an $8 million payout to Folau in a confidential settlement as "wildly inaccurate".)
Alexander the Great, king of Macedon (356 BC-323 BC); Henry VIII, king of England (1491-1547); Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish artist (1577-1640); Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher (1712-1778); Luigi Pirandello, Italian dramatist (1867-1936); Richard Rodgers, US composer (1902-1979); Eric Ambler, British novelist-screenwriter (1909-1998); Mel Brooks, US actor-director (1926-); Hans Blix, Swedish diplomat and politician (1928-); Pat Morita, American actor (1932-2005); Kathy Bates, US actor (1948-); AA Gill (1954-2016); Michele Timms, Australian basketballer (1965-); John Cusack, US actor (1966-); Tamara Ecclestone, English socialite and television presenter (1984-).
Thought For Today:
I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace an interlude during war - Georges Clemenceau, French statesman (1841-1929).