1992 Mohammad Bin Sulayem shone in his own backyard and came up with a fantastic win. Fifty raiders tried and only 20 lived to tell the tale as the UAE star powered his way to a tremendous victory in the 1992 Dubai International Rally. In picking up his sixth Dubai International title in eight years and his 27th overall international success Sulayem underlined his numero-uno status in the Gulf. He later said, “It was an important victory. We needed to establish Middle Eastern teams to enable them stay on the scene and continue to promote the port.” Indeed it was a victory for the UAE as much as it was for the genial Marlboro ace, who only recently achieved a phenomenal World Championship breakthrough winning in Spain. UAE teams snatched an incredible six of the top 10 places with Rashid Ghurab and Khalifa Khalifa finishing third behind Saudi Arabia’s Mamdouh Khayat who followed up his Middle East Championship victory with a terrific run into the runner-up position.
Other important events
1816 James Monroe of Virginia is elected the fifth President of the United States.
1842 Spanish soldier-politician Baldomero Espartero bombards Barcelona and crushes revolt.
1877 Thomas Edison invents phonograph.
1893 British and French reach an agreement on Siam, now Thailand.
1908 Haiti’s president General Alexis Nord flees from military coup.
1945 The Senate approves US participation in the United Nations.
1963 Aldo Moro becomes Prime Minister of Italy
1971 Indian troops launch attacks in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, and hit key airfields.
1972 Government of Honduras is overthrown in military coup.
1977 Malaysian Airline System Flight 653, flying from Penang to Kuala Lumpur, is hijacked and crashes at Tanjung Kupang, killing all 100 people on board.
1980 Portugese Prime Minister Francisco Sa Carneiro is killed in plane crash.
1981 The first Grand Prix event is held at Hyatt Regency racetrack in Dubai.
1983 US jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon.
1984 A gunman with a Jordanian passport kills a Jordanian diplomat in Bucharest, Romania, as he leaves a hotel.
1988 Britain reopens the embassy in Tehran after eight years.
1990 Bangladesh President Hussain Mohammad Ershad resigns.
1991 Journalist Terry Anderson, the last American hostage in Lebanon, is freed in Beirut.
1995 A Cameroon Airlines jet crashes while trying to land in Yaounde, killing at least 60 people
1996 Nasa launches a spacecraft to Mars carrying the first-ever interplanetary rover.
1999 Belgium Crown Prince Philippe marries Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz.
2001 The ex-wife of former South African president F. W. de Klerk, Marike is found murdered in her home near Cape Town.
2003 A Bosnian Serb General Stanislav Galic gets 20 years for being in charge of a deliberate two-year campaign of terror against civilians of Sarajevo.
2005 Incumbent Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev wins a new seven-year term in presidential elections.
2007 Brazil’s Senate President Renan Calheiros resigns amid corruption charges.
2008 O.J. Simpson is convicted to15 years for his kidnapping case in Las Vegas.
2009 112 die in fire at the Lame Horse nightclub in Perm, Russia.
2010 Laurent Gbagbo is sworn in as President of Ivory Coast.
2015 Firebomb attacks on a small nightclub in Cairo kills16 people.
2016 An Emirati law student Saif Nasser Mubarak Al Ameri is shot and killed by police in Ohio, US.