 534 BC – Thespis of Icaria becomes the first recorded actor to portray a character onstage.

 1936 – Life magazine is reborn as a photo magazine and enjoys instant success.

 1955 – The Cocos Islands are transferred from the con- trol of the United Kingdom to that of Australia.

 1976 – Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100 m undersea without breathing equip- ment.

 1978 – The Geneva Frequency Plan of 1975 goes into effect, realigning many of Europe’s longwave and mediumwave broadcasting frequencies.

 1981 – Iran-Contra affair: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

 2001 – The Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.

 2004 – The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the largest religious building in Georgia, is consecrated.

 2015 – Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle became the first rocket to successfully fly to space and then return to Earth for a controlled, vertical landing.