1994 – U.S. President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced that his administration would no longer link China’s trade status with its human rights record.
1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island was mainly in New Jersey, not New York.
1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officer in high-speed chases are liable for bystander injuries only if their “actions shock the conscience.”
1998 – The Grand Princess cruise ship made its inaugural cruise. The ship measured 109,000 tons and cost approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built.
1998 – The United States Senate approved legislation that allowed the U.S. Mint flexibility on how the mandatory inscriptions on the Washington quarter could be placed. H.R. 3301 allowed the mandatory inscriptions to be moved to the front of the quarter for the 50 States Circulating Commemorative Coin Program.
1991 – Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
1991 – Lauda Air Flight 004 breaks apart in mid-air and crashes in the Phu Toei National Park in Thailand, killing all 223 people on board.
1998 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in New Jersey v. New York that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
1998 – The first “National Sorry Day” was held in Australia, and reconciliation events were held nationally, and attended by over a million people.
2002 – The tugboat Robert Y. Love collides with a support pier of Interstate 40 on the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, resulting in 14 deaths and 11 others injured.
2004 – United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
2008 – Severe flooding begins in eastern and southern China that will ultimately cause 148 deaths and force the evacuation of 1.3 million.
Celebrating Birthday Today
1981 – Robert Copeland, Australian footballer
1981 – Anthony Ervin, American swimmer
1981 – Jason Manford, English actor, screenwriter, and television host
1981 – Isaac Slade, American singer-songwriter and pianist
1981 – Ben Zobrist, American baseball player
1982 – Sten Lassmann, Estonian pianist
1982 – Hasan Kabze, Turkish footballer
1983 – Demy de Zeeuw, Dutch footballer
1983 – Henry Holland, English fashion designer
1983 – Nathan Merritt, Australian rugby league player
1985 – Monika Christodoulou, Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist
1985 – Ashley Vincent, English footballer
1986 – Michel Tornéus, Swedish long jumper
1987 – Olcay Şahan, Turkish footballer
1987 – Josh Thomas, Australian comedian and actor
1988 – Andrea Catellani, Italian footballer
1988 – Will Chambers, Australian rugby league player
1988 – Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Colombian footballer
1988 – Dani Samuels, Australian discus thrower
1988 – Joel Selwood, Australian footballer
1988 – Damian Williams, American football player
1989 – Paula Findlay, Canadian triathlete
1991 – Ah Young, South Korean singer and actress
1992 – Curtis Rona, New Zealand rugby league player
1993 – Jason Adesanya, Belgian footballer
1993 – Dan Sarginson, Australian-English rugby league player