1995 – Captain Scott F. O’Grady’s U.S. Air Force F-16C was shot down by Bosnian Serbs. He was rescued six days later.
1998 – Royal Caribbean Cruises agreed to pay $9 million to settle charges of dumping waste at sea.
1998 – Voters in California passed Proposition 227. The act abolished the state’s 30-year-old bilingual education program by requiring that all children be taught in English.
1999 – In South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) won a major victory. ANC leader Thabo Mbeki was to succeed Nelson Mandela as the nation’s president.
2003 – In the U.S., federal regulators voted to allow companies to buy more television stations and newspaper-broadcasting combinations in the same city. The previous ownership restrictions had not been altered since 1975.
2003 – In Seville, Spain, a chest containing the supposed remains of Christopher Columbus were exhumed for DNA tests to determine whether the bones were really those of the explorer. The tests were aimed at determining if Colombus was currently buried in Spain’s Seville Cathedral or in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that companies could not be sued under trademark law for using the information in the public domain without giving credit to the originator. The case had originated with 20th Century Fox against suing Dastar Corp. over their use of World War II footage.
2003 – William Baily was reunited with two paintings he had left on a subway platform. One of the works was an original Picasso rendering of two male figures and a recreation of Picasso’s “Guernica” by Sophie Matisse. Sophie Matisse was the great-granddaughter of Henri Matisse.
2012 – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
2014 – Telangana officially becomes the 29th state of India, formed from ten districts of northwestern Andhra Pradesh.
Celebrating Birthday Today
1981 – Nikolay Davydenko, a Russian tennis player
1981 – Chin-hui Tsao, Taiwanese baseball player
1982 – Jewel Staite, Canadian actress
1983 – Chris Higgins, American ice hockey player
1983 – Leela James, American singer-songwriter
1983 – Toni Livers, Swiss skier
1983 – Brooke White, American singer-songwriter and actress
1984 – Jack Afamasaga, New Zealand rugby league player
1984 – Max Boyer, Canadian wrestler
1984 – Feleti Mateo, Australian-Tongan rugby league player
1985 – Miyuki Sawashiro, Japanese voice actress and singer
1985 – Maggie Thrash, American graphic novelist and writer
1986 – Todd Carney, Australian rugby league player
1987 – Maryka Holtzhausen, South African netball player
1987 – Yoann Huget, French rugby player
1987 – Matthew Koma, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1987 – Angelo Mathews, Sri Lankan cricketer
1987 – Darin Zanyar, Swedish singer-songwriter
1987 – Sonakshi Sinha, Indian actress
1988 – Sergio Agüero, the Argentinian footballer
1988 – Patrik Berglund, Swedish ice hockey player
1988 – Staniliya Stamenova, Bulgarian canoeist
1989 – Freddy Adu, Ghanaian-American footballer
1989 – Steve Smith, Australian cricketer
1990 – Jack Lowden, Scottish actor
1992 – Pajtim Kasami, Swiss footballer
1993 – Adam Taggart, Australian footballer
1994 – Mike Grzesiek, Esports player and streamer
1999 – Campbell Graham, Australian rugby league player