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Death of Ben­jamin Franklin, US sci­en­tist and states­man. He car­ried out ma­jor re­search on elec­tric­ity but is best re­mem­bered for his con­tri­bu­tions to the Amer­i­can Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. Birth of Sir­ima Ban­daranaike, famed Sri Lankan stateswoman. In July 1960, she be­came the world’s first woman prime min­is­ter.

The Ja­panese es­tab­lish a pup­pet gov­ern­ment in Vi­etä Nam, headed by Tranà Tronï g Kim.

Birth of Löu Quang Vuõ (died 1988), Viet­namese writer, poet and play­wright. He is best known for his top­i­cal plays writ­ten at the be­gin­ning of the ren­o­va­tion pe­riod in Vieät Nam, in­clud­ing

(Tröông Ba’s Soul in the Butcher’s Body),

(I and We), and

(The Ninth Oath).

Sirhan B Sirhan is found guilty of first­de­gree mur­der for the killing of Robert F Kennedy, who was shot while cam­paign­ing in Cal­i­for­nia in June 1968. The Repub­lic of Korea’s Supreme court up­holds ver­dicts sen­tenc­ing for­mer pres­i­dent Chun Doo Hwan to life in prison and his suc­ces­sor, Roh Tae Woo, to 17 years. They had been found guilty of abuse of power and cor­rup­tion. The In­dian na­tion­al­ist coali­tion gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee re­signs af­ter a vote of no con­fi­dence is passed in par­lia­ment. Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad ac­cuses the West of back­ing al-Qaida in his coun­try’s civil war and warns it will pay a price “in the heart” of Europe and the United States as the ter­ror net­work be­comes em­bold­ened.

Tai­wan pre­pares to per­ma­nently ban killing of poul­try in tra­di­tional mar­kets amid con­cerns over the spread of the H7N9 avian flu virus in main­land China. Rus­sia and Ukraine to­gether with the United States and the Euro­pean Union sit down for emer­gency talks in Geneva in re­gards of the un­rest in Ukraine. All four agree that “il­le­gal mil­i­tary for­ma­tions in Ukraine” must be dis­solved, and that ev­ery­one oc­cu­py­ing build­ings must be dis­armed and leave them. There would be an amnesty for all anti-gov­ern­ment pro­test­ers under the agree­ment.

Up to 150,000 civil­ians flee the Iraqi city of Ra­madi which is under siege from Is­lamic State.

Paraguayan Pres­i­dent Ho­ra­cio Cartes says he will not be a can­di­date in next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion re­gard­less of Congress’s ac­tion on a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment that would al­low sec­ond terms. — AP/REUTERS/ VNS

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