1976 - The British and French Concordes made their first
commercial flights, from London and Paris respectively, to
Washington Dulles International Airport in just under four
1977 - Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny was dropped from
the ruling Politburo.
1981 - President Jaime Roldos Aguilera of Ecuador died in an
1982 - In the Iran-Iraq war, Iranian troops recaptured
Khorramshahr after it had been occupied by Iraq for 20 months.
1993 - Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after a
30-year civil war.
1994 - About 270 Muslims performing the annual haj
pilgrimage to Mecca were killed in a stampede.
1998 - Hong Kong's pro-democracy parties swept to victory in
the first legislative election under Chinese rule.
1999 - South Australian police found 11 decomposing
bodies in a disused bank vault and a backyard in the nation's
worst serial killing.
2000 - Israel ended its 22-year occupation of south Lebanon
in a rushed evacuation after the collapse of its local militia
the previous day.
2001 - Twenty-three people were killed and more than 300
injured when a wedding hall collapsed in Jerusalem -- the worst
civil disaster in modern Israeli history.
2002 - Pope John Paul accepted the resignation of
Milwaukee's Roman Catholic archbishop, Rembert Weakland, who was
accused of attempted sexual assault.
2002 - Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President
Bush signed a landmark treaty to slash their long-range nuclear
warheads by two-thirds.
2005 - The 100 millionth Volkswagen rolled off a German
assembly line, taking the brand into an elite list of four car
companies, including Ford, Toyota and Chevrolet, whose output
had stretched into nine digits.