ON THIS DAY
1732 - The original Covent Garden Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera House) was opened.
1800 - James Grant discovers and names Portland Bay and Cape Otway on the southern coast.
1846 - Leichhardt departs Jimbour Station on his second but unsuccessful expedition.
1941 - Pearl Harbor, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese warplanes. The attack resulted in the US entering into World War II.
1971 - Libya announced the nationalisation of British Petroleum’s assets.
1972 - Imelda Marcos, wife of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, was stabbed and seriously wounded by an assailant. The man was then shot and killed by her bodyguards.
1974 - President Makarios returned to Cyprus after five months in exile.
1989 - East Germany’s Communist Party agreed to cooperate with the plan for free elections and a revised constitution.