TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

• Cities for Life Day

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - PANORAMA -

Cities for Life Day is a world­wide fes­tiv­ity that sup­ports the abo­li­tion of the death penalty.

• 2013 - USA

Ac­tor Paul Walker (40), a star in the Fa­s­tand­fu­ri­ous film se­ries, died in a fiery crash north of Los An­ge­les. Roger Ro­das, his friend and fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor, drove the 2005 Porsche and was also killed. His daugh­ter (15) be­came the sole ben­e­ficiery of his es­ti­mated $25 mil­lion estate.

• 2008 - Thai­land

At­tack­ers set off ex­plo­sions at anti-gov­ern­ment protest sites, wound­ing 51 peo­ple and rais­ing fears of widen­ing con­fronta­tions in Thai­land's worst po­lit­i­cal cri­sis in decades, which stran­gled its econ­omy and shut down its main air­ports. Thou­sands of gov­ern­ment sup­port­ers wear­ing red shirts, head­bands and ban­danas joined a rally against the protest al­liance. Six peo­ple were killed in bomb at­tacks, clashes with po­lice and street bat­tles.

• 2005 - Eng­land

John Sen­tamu be­came the first black arch­bishop in the Church of Eng­land with his en­throne­ment as the 97th Arch­bishop of York.

• 1998 - USA

Exxon and Mo­bil signed a $73.7 bil­lion agree­ment to merge, thus cre­at­ing Exxon­mo­bil, the world's largest com­pany.

• 1995 - Gulf War

Of­fi­cial end of Op­er­a­tion Desert­storm.

• 1982 - USA

Michael Jack­son's sec­ond solo album, Thriller was re­leased world­wide. It be­came the best-sell­ing record album in his­tory.

• 1967 - Ye­men

The Peo­ple's Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Ye­men be­came in­de­pen­dent from the United King­dom.

• 1966 - Bar­ba­dos

Bar­ba­dos be­came in­de­pen­dent from the United King­dom.

• 1947 - Pales­tine

Civil War in Pales­tine be­gan, lead­ing to the cre­ation of the state of Is­rael.

• 1872 - UK

The first-ever in­ter­na­tional foot­ball match takes place at Hamil­ton Cres­cent, Glas­gow, be­tween Scot­land and Eng­land.

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