Kyoto Protocol on climate change came into force
Death of Ernst Jünger, German writer .
Investigators revealed that the Pan Am plane that crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988 had been brought down by a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player
The USA’s first 911 emergency telephone system began operating in Haleyville, Alabama.
Fidel Castro was sworn in as President of Cuba
Leslie Hore-Belisha died 1957 (born 1893). Secretary of State for War, 1937-40. As transport minister he introduced the driving test, and the amber globes on striped poles, marking crossing places for pedestrians, that became known as Belisha beacons.
Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Tutankhamun
The French Government attempted to standardise the pitch of musical notes by setting the A-note above middle C at a frequency of 435 Hz
Birth of Ernst Haeckel, German zoologist and philosopher who promoted Darwins theory of evolution and developed recapitulation theory (an embryos development mirrors the evolutionary development of its species)
Death of Lionel Lukin, British inventor of the unsinkable lifeboat
The first English cheque was written by Nicholas Vanacker