HISTORY TODAY

HISTORY TODAY

-1947 – Kashmir conflict: The Maharaja of Kashmir and Jammu signs the Instrument of Accession with India.
– 1958 – Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris.
– 1985 – The Australian government returns ownership of Uluru to the local Pitjantjatjara Aboriginals.
– 1989 – China Airlines Flight 204 crashes after takeoff from Hualien Airport in Taiwan, killing all 54 people on board.
– 1991 – Three months after the end of the Ten-Day War, the last soldier of the Yugoslav People’s Army leaves the territory of the Republic of Slovenia.
– 1995 – Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shaqaqi in his hotel in Malta.
– 1999 – Britain’s House of Lords votes to end the right of most hereditary peers to vote in Britain’s upper chamber of Parliament.
– 2000 – A wave of protests forces Robert Guéï to step down as president after the Ivorian presidential election.
– 2001 – The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
– 2002 – Approximately 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages die when Russian special forces troops storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the terrorists during a musical performance three days before.
– 2003 – The Cedar Fire, the third-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km2), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.