Sultan receives King Faisal award
2001 - Intellectuals in the country praised the decision by the Selection Committee of the King Faisal International Prize to grant this year’s award to His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, for his services to Islam. Shaikh Sultan was the right choice the Selection Committee had made for the key role he has played in promoting Islam and supporting Islamic issues, arts and culture for decades. Dr Abdullah Al Rukin, Head of the Emirates Jurists Association, said the great achievements made by Shaikh Sultan in Sharjah and his keenness to provide support and contribute personally to various religious and cultural projects in Arab countries and other parts of the world qualified him for the award.
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1865 - Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is published.
1922 - King Tutankhamen’s tomb is opened in Egypt.
1939 - Soviet Union attacks Finland leading to 105-day Winter War.
1942 - The film Casablanca has its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.
1949 - India adopts Constitution as federal republic within British Commonwealth.
1965 - France launches its first satellite, sending a 41-kilogram capsule into orbit.
1979 - A Pakistan International Airlines plane catches fire and crashes shortly after takeoff from Jeddah, killing all 156 people on board.
1986 - Iranian missile slams into a crowded residential district of Baghdad, killing 48 civilians.
1987 - Powerful typhoon whips across Philippines, killing 270 people and damaging or destroying 14,000 homes.
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1990 - Five permanent members of UN Security Council agree on peace plan for Cambodia.
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