To­day in His­tory

Taranaki Daily News - - Obituaries -

1787 – Delaware be­comes the first state to rat­ify the US Con­sti­tu­tion. 1815 – France’s Mar­shal Ney is shot af­ter a trea­son trial for aid­ing Napoleon Bon­a­parte at Water­loo. 1915 – Evac­u­a­tion of An­zac forces from Gal­lipoli be­gins. 1941 – Ja­panese planes at­tack the US Pa­cific fleet at Pearl Har­bour, right, pre­cip­i­tat­ing the US dec­la­ra­tion of war on Ja­pan. 1949 – Na­tion­al­ist gov­ern­ment of Gen­er­alis­simo Chi­ang Kai-shek, flee­ing the Com­mu­nist takeover of main­land China, es­tab­lishes its seat of gov­ern­ment in Tai­wan.

1963 – The bod­ies of Fred­er­ick Walker and Kevin Speight are found in a house in Re­muera, Auck­land. Ron Jor­gensen and John Gillies are later jailed for life for what be­came known as the Bas­sett Rd ma­chine­gun mur­ders.

1975 – In­done­sia in­vades East Ti­mor. 1992 – The In­dian Gov­ern­ment an­nounces a ban on fun­da­men­tal­ist groups af­ter more than 200 Mus­lims and Hin­dus are killed and a Mus­lim shrine in Ay­o­d­hya is de­mol­ished.

2004 – Hamid Karzai is sworn in as Afghanistan’s first pop­u­larly elected pres­i­dent, promis­ing to bring peace. 2010 – Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange is ar­rested in the United King­dom, on a Swedish ar­rest war­rant. He was wanted for ques­tion­ing over al­le­ga­tions of rape, un­law­ful co­er­cion, and sex­ual mo­lesta­tion.

2012 – Jacintha Sal­danha, a nurse caught up in a royal hoax call from Aus­tralian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Chris­tian, is found dead in Lon­don.

Birth­days

Noam Chom­sky, US lin­guist and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist (1928-); Tom Waits, US mu­si­cian (1949-); Te Ururoa Flavell, NZ politi­cian (1955-); John Terry, English foot­baller (1980-); Emily Brown­ing, Aus­tralian ac­tress (1988-); Chris Wood, NZ foot­baller (1991-).

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