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A flare-up of opium war oc­curs when a Bri­tish frigate sinks Chi­nese fleet. The first au­to­mo­bile show in the United States opens at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York un­der the Au­to­mo­bile Club of Amer­ica. Panama pro­claims its in­de­pen­dence from Colom­bia.

Turkey switches from Ara­bic to Ro­man al­pha­bet.

Power in Ja­pan is trans­ferred from the em­peror to elected assembly. Bri­tain and France agree to ac­cept a Mid­dle East cease-fire in the Suez War if UN forces can keep the peace.

The Soviet Union launches Sput­nik 2, the se­cond man-made satel­lite, into or­bit. A dog on board named Laika is sac­ri­ficed in the ex­per­i­ment. Vieät Nam and the Soviet Union sign a 25-year treaty of friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion.

Bill Clin­ton de­feats in­cum­bent Ge­orge H W Bush in US pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

For the first time in a 30-year con­flict, the Span­ish gov­ern­ment says it will hold talks with groups linked to the mil­i­tant Basque ETA sep­a­ratists.

Al­le­ga­tions that the CIA set up se­cret jails in eastern Europe and else­where to in­ter­ro­gate al-Qaeda pris­on­ers trig­ger a flurry of de­nials from gov­ern­ments in the for­mer Soviet sphere and prompt EU of­fi­cials and hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions to de­mand an­swers.

Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean na­tions en­dorse Panama for a seat on the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, af­ter Gu­atemala and Venezuela with­drew to break a dead­lock that dragged through 47 votes.

Gen Pervez Mushar­raf de­clares a state of emer­gency in Pak­istan, sus­pend­ing the con­sti­tu­tion, re­plac­ing the chief jus­tice be­fore a cru­cial Supreme Court rul­ing on his fu­ture as pres­i­dent, and cut­ting com­mu­ni­ca­tions in the cap­i­tal.

Dubai an­nounces it is to ap­point fe­male muftis for the first time in 2010. The US Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment an­nounces two five-year pro­grammes to sup­port Vieät Nam im­ple­ment­ing a sus­tain­able re­sponse to the HIV/AIDS epi­demic. Three Syr­ian tanks en­ter the de­mil­i­tarised zone in the Golan Heights, prompt­ing an Is­raeli com­plaint to UN peace­keep­ers over the first such vi­o­la­tion in 40 years.

The United States and Egypt try to put a brave face on their badly frayed ties and com­mit to restor­ing a part­ner­ship un­der­mined by the mil­i­tary ouster of Egypt’s first demo­crat­i­cally elected pres­i­dent.

One World Trade Cen­tre of­fi­cially opens, re­plac­ing its pre­de­ces­sor 13 years af­ter the Septem­ber 11 at­tacks. Ja­pan has de­liv­ered two more ships to Vieät Nam that will be re­fur­bished into pa­trol boats. The ships, which ar­rived in the port city of Ñaø Naüng, are the se­cond de­liv­ery of a 2014 deal in which Tokyo is to pro­vide Vieät Nam with six used fish­ing ves­sels that will be con­verted into pa­trol boats for Vieät Nam’s coast guard in the East Sea (South China Sea). The United Na­tions be­lieves that at least 239 mi­grants drowned in ship­wrecks near the coast of Libya. The United States launches airstrikes against Is­lamic State in So­ma­lia for the first time. The United States Africa Com­mand says “sev­eral ter­ror­ists” were killed in the strikes, which took place in co­or­di­na­tion with So­ma­lia’s gov­ern­ment. — AP/VNS

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