Same-sex civil partnerships begin – famously, on this day, between Elton John and David Furnish
Lockerbie disaster – Pan Am flight 103 explodes over Scotland
Death of Paul de Man, Belgian-born American literary critic and theorist .
John Wayne Gacy was arrested in Des Plaines, Illinois for the murder of 33 men and boys whose remains were found under his house and nearby.
Lancaster House agreement to give Southern Rhodesia independence (became Zimbabwe on 18 Apr 1980)
Birth of Florence Griffith-Joyner (Flo-Jo), American sprinter who broke the world record for the 100m and 200m and won 3 Olympic gold medals
Death of Lion Feuchtwanger, German-Jewish novelist and playwright .
Eric Coates died 1957 (born 1886). Composer whose By the Sleepy Lagoon (1930) is still used as the theme tune for Desert Island Discs. His march Knightsbridge (1932) was used for the radio programme In Town Tonight, and from 1940 Calling All Workers was t
Eire declared its independence as the Republic of Ireland .
Death of Knud Rasmussen, Greenlandic polar explorer and anthropologist, known as the ‘father of Eskimology’, the first to cross the.
Arthur Wynne's 'word-cross,' the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World
Birth of Gustave Kahn, French poet, literary theorist and art critic, claimed to be the inventor of free verse
Birth of John Newton, a slave trader who became a clergyman and wrote the hymn Amazing Grace.
The Pilgrim Fathers arrive on the Mayflower at Massachusetts