To­day in His­tory

Waikato Times - - Obituaries -

1535 – Henry VIII as­sumes ti­tle of Supreme Head of the Church in Eng­land.

1559 – El­iz­a­beth I, right, is crowned in West­min­ster Abbey.

1649 – French court leaves Paris at out­break of Fronde Re­bel­lion.

1777 – ‘‘New Con­necti­cut’’ de­clares its in­de­pen­dence. The tiny repub­lic later be­comes Ver­mont.

1892 – The rules of bas­ket­ball are pub­lished for the first time, in Spring­field, Mas­sachusetts, where the game orig­i­nates.

1919 – Rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Lux­em­bourg are mur­dered dur­ing a failed up­ris­ing in Ger­many.

1922 – Ir­ish Free State is es­tab­lished un­der Michael Collins.

1967 – First Su­per Bowl, in which the Green Bay Pack­ers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Los An­ge­les.

1970 – Start of a three-day visit to New Zealand by US vice-pres­i­dent Spiro Agnew, spark­ing vi­o­lent an­tiViet­nam War protests; Bi­afran rebels in Nige­ria sur­ren­der af­ter a two-year war.

2009 – ‘‘Mir­a­cle on the Hud­son’’ as Cap­tain Ch­es­ley Sul­len­berger safely lands the plane he was pi­lot­ing on New York City’s Hud­son River af­ter a bird strike caused its en­gines to fail.

2010 – A French law­maker sub­mits a draft law that would ban Is­lamic veils, robes, and head­scarves in pub­lic, a mea­sure that would set a Euro­pean prece­dent and trap thou­sands of women be­tween their re­li­gious con­vic­tions and the law. Birth­days Jean Bap­tiste Moliere, French drama­tist (1622-73); Mary MacKillop, Aus­tralian nun

(1842-1909); Aris­to­tle Onas­sis, Greek ship­ping mag­nate (1900-75); Ron Guthrey, Christchurch mayor

(1916-2008); Ga­mal Ab­del Nasser, Egyp­tian leader (1918-70); Martin Luther King, US civil rights leader

(1929-68); James Nes­bitt, UK ac­tor

(1965-); Mary Pierce, French ten­nis player (1975-); Greg Inglis, Aus­tralian rugby league player


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