The Chronicle - - Lighter Side -


On this day in his­tory:

1791 - The whal­ing in­dus­try in Aus­tralia, in which whales in Aus­tralian wa­ters would be nearly hunted to ex­tinc­tion, be­gins.

1871 - Henry M. Stan­ley, jour­nal­ist and ex­plorer, found David Liv­ing­stone. Liv­ing­stone was a miss­ing Scot­tish mis­sion­ary in cen­tral Africa. Stan­ley de­liv­ered his fa­mous greet­ing: “Dr. Liv­ing­stone, I pre­sume?”

1917 - 41 suf­frag­ists were ar­rested in front of the White House.

1928 - Michi­nomiya Hiro­hito was en­throned as Em­peror of Ja­pan.

1970 - The Great Wall of China opened for tourism.

1975 - The UN Gen­eral Assem­bly ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion that equated Zion­ism with racism. The res­o­lu­tion was re­pealed in De­cem­ber of 1991.

1982 - Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezh­nev died of a heart at­tack at age 75. He was suceeded by Yuri V. An­dropov.

1986 - Camille Son­tag and Mar­cel Coudari, two French­men were re­leased by the cap­tors that held them in Le­banon.

1990 - Chan­dra Shekhar was sworn in as In­dia’s new prime min­is­ter.

1991 - Robert Maxwell was buried in Is­rael, five days af­ter his body was re­cov­ered off the Ca­nary Is­lands.

1993 - John Wayne Bob­bitt was ac­quit­ted on the charge of mar­i­tal sex­ual as­sault against his wife who sex­u­ally mu­ti­lated him. Lorena Bob­bitt was later ac­quit­ted of ma­li­cious wound­ing her hus­band.

1994 - Iraq recog­nised Kuwait’s borders in the hope that the ac­tion would end trade sanc­tions.

1995 - Nige­ria’s mil­i­tary rulers hanged play­wright Ken Saro-Wiwa along with sev­eral other anti-gov­ern­ment ac­tivists.

1995 - In Kat­mandu, Nepal, searchers res­cued 549 hik­ers af­ter a mas­sive avalanche struck the Hi­malayan foothills. The dis­as­ter left 24 tourists and 32 Nepalese dead.

2001 - The World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion ap­proved China’s mem­ber­ship.

2001 - The mu­si­cal Lady Diana - A Smile Charms the World opened in Ger­many.

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