 1956 – Suez Crisis: The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal.

 1961 – In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin’s body is removed from the Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as the Lenin Tomb.

 1984 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assas- sinated by two Sikh security guards. Riots break out in New Delhi and other cities and around 3,000 Sikhs are killed.

 1998 – Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.

 1999 – Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.

 2000 – Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resi- dent crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been crewed continuously since then.

 2011 – The global population of humans reaches seven billion. This day is now recognized by the United Nations as the Day of Seven Billion.

 2018 – The Statue of Unity was inaugurated in the state of Gujarat