TODAY IN HISTORY
• Cities for Life Day
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.