HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY ON THIS DATE
1563 - Peace of Amboise ends First War of Religion in France, with Huguenots being granted limited toleration to exercise their religion.
1628 - Ninety British merchants, known as Puritans, are granted a permit to establish a trading post in the New World.
1711 - War is declared between Russia and Turkey.
1790 - Supply ship HMS Sirius, one of the vessels in the First Fleet to Australia, is wrecked on Norfolk Island en route to pick up supplies.
1808 - Spain's King Charles IV abdicates.
1831 - The first recorded bank robbery in the United States takes place in New York City when a set of duplicate keys is used to loot the City Bank of $US245,000.
1861 - Maori War in New Zealand ends with Maori surrender.
1918 - US Congress establishes daylight-saving time as a fuel-saving measure during World War I.
1932 - The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened. As NSW Premier Jack Lang prepares to cut the ribbon, Francis de Groot dashes up on horseback and cuts it with a sword.
1944 - In World War II, under pressure from Hitler, Hungary appoints a pro-Nazi government and German troops move into the country.
1953 - The Academy Awards ceremony is televised for the first time, with The Greatest Show On Earth named best picture of 1952.
1964 - The Great St Bernard Tunnel under the Alps between Switzerland and Italy opens to traffic.
1976 - Buckingham Palace announces separation of Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon after 16 years of marriage.
1986 - Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of Britain's Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
1996 - Defeated in the federal election, former Australian prime minister Paul Keating announces his retirement, replaced by. Kim Beazley.
1998 - Rupert Murdoch's Fox Group wins approval to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for a record $US350 million.
2001 - Australia's largest resources group BHP announces a $US28 billion merger with London-listed Billiton.
2002 - Zimbabwe is suspended from the Commonwealth for one year.
2006 - South Sydney Rabbitohs members approve a $3 million privatisation proposal by Peter Holmes a Court and Russell Crowe.
2010 - NSW ironman and junior surf life saving champion Saxon Bird dies aged 19 on the Gold Coast.
2011 - Prince William arrives in Australia for a three-day tour of flood- and cyclone-damaged regions in Queensland and Victoria.
2014 - The Rolling Stones, in Perth, postpone all their Australian concerts following news of the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend, designer L'Wren Scott.
2015 - Islamic State claims responsibility for an attack at Tunisia's national museum that killed 21 people, including Australian Javier Camelo.
2017 - Three South African men are winched off their stricken yacht by the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Parramatta more than 1300km off the WA coast.
2018 - The government could save almost $3 billion over forward estimates by closing down offshore immigration detention centres and imposing a time limit for onshore detainees, data shows.
David Livingston, Scottish explorer-missionary (1813-1873); Sir Richard Burton, British explorer and writer (1821-1890); Wyatt Earp, US lawman (1848-1929); Adolf Eichmann, Austrian-born Nazi head of Jewish extermination (1906-1962); Philip Roth, US author (1933-2018); Ursula Andress, Swiss-born actress (1936-); Glenn Close, US actress (1947-); Harvey Weinstein, US film producer, (1952-); Bruce Willis, US actor (1955-); Livinia Nixon, Australian TV presenter (1975-); Lenka, Australian singer (1978-).
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. - Ali ibn-Abi-Talib, the fourth caliph (602-661).