1993 - His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, officially opened the American University of Sharjah (AUS). Addressing the audience at the Grand Theatre, Dr Shaikh Sultan said: “AUS would be an important educational centre, which would contribute greatly to development throughout the Gulf region. It is the beginning of a new, distinguished era in the field of education.” The universities, he added, should be real training centres and workshops, producing graduates who can easily integrate with the community and develop it. He urged universities to develop their research and development centres in order to be able to interpret national strategies and policies and putting them into action.
Other important events
1788 - Austria’s Franz Joseph II declares war on Turkey.
1801 - Peace of Luneville between Austria and France marks virtual destruction of Holy Roman Empire.
1825 - The US House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams as President after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
1849 - Rome is proclaimed a republic under Giuseppe Mazzini.
1895 - Volleyball invented by W.G. Morgan in Massachusetts.
1923 - Soviet Aeroflot airlines is formed.
1961 - Joseph Ileo is appointed Prime Minister of Congo.
1971 - Earthquake near Los Angeles kills at least 64 people.
1984 - Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov dies less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev.
1985 - Arabsat, Arab world’s first communication satellite, is launched.
1991 - American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard ends his career after losing to Terry Norris.
1995 - Palestine Liberation Organisation Chairman Yasser Arafat storms out of a summit with Israeli Pime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the Erez crossing on the Gaza border.
2000 - Torrential rains in Africa lead to the worst flooding in Mozambique in 50 years and kill 800 people.
2001 - US Navy submarine collides with a Japanese fishing vessel about 16 kilometres south of Honolulu, Hawaii, sinking the ship and leaving nine of its passengers missing at sea.
2004 - A ground-breaking Dh20 billion plan to develop Dubailand is unveiled in Dubai.
2005 - Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign a ground-breaking free trade agreement.
2009 - Bangladesh and India sign two important trade deals.
2011 - Khalifa Marine Research Centre opens in Umm Al Quwain.
2013 - Germany’s Minister of Education Annette Schavan resigns after being stripped of her doctorate degree for plagiarism.
2015 - Egypt suspends all football league matches after clashes and stampede at Cairo stadium that killed 22 people.
2017 - Pakistan Super League (PSL) gets off to a colourful start at the Dubai International Stadium.