TODAY in HISTORY
A huge fire ravages Copenhagen, destroying most of the city.
The last great naval battle of the age of sail: British, French and Russian ships obliterate the Turkish fleet at Navarino, leading to the Turks withdrawing from Greece.
King of Korea proclaims himself emperor, and Russia and Japan intervene.
The Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik are liberated dur- ing World War II; Gen. Douglas MacArthur, promising the Philippine people he would return to rescue them from Japanese occupation, steps ashore at Leyte.
Arab League is formed.
Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis are wed on his privately owned island of Skorpios in Ionian Sea.
Mozambique’s President Samora Machel dies in plane crash in eastern South Africa.
Kim Dae-jung, leader of a Korean political opposition, ends a 12-day hunger strike when government leaders say they are willing to compromise on some of his demands: end military surveillance, improve the economy and end plans to replace the presidential system of government.
Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s dictator for 42 years until he was ousted in an uprising-turned-civil war, is killed as revolutionary fighters overwhelm his hometown of Sirte.