The World Boxing Council's new heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. - Gulf News Archives

Lewis is world heavyweight champion

1992 - The World Boxing Council (WBC) named Britain’s Lennox Lewis world heavyweight champion. “The WBC officially recognised Lennox Lewis as the WBC heavyweight champion of the world after Riddick Bowe’s announcement in London ... relinquishing his title,” the Mexico City-based WBC said. “Lennox Lewis now holds the honour of taking back to his country, England, the heavyweight championship of the world after 110 years.” Bowe said he was relinquishing his WBC title rather than be forced to fight Lewis as the WBC requires.

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1799 - George Washington, the first president of the US, dies at age 67.

1911 - Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen becomes the first man to reach the South Pole.

1912 - Louis Botha resigns as South Africa’s premier.

1918 - Portugal President Sidonio Paes is assassinated.

1927 - China and Soviet Union break relations.

1935 - Thomas Masaryk, the founder and first president of Czechoslovakia, resigns due to ill health.

1939 - Soviet Union is dropped from League of Nations.

1946 - United Nations General Assembly votes to establish UN headquarters in New York City.

1950 - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN Refugee Agency) is established.

1962 - Nasa’s Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.

1963 - The Baldwin Hills Reservoir dam bursts in Los Angeles, California, killing five people.

1979 - Oman signs pacts with the UAE regarding a border dispute.

1981 - Israel annexes Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1967.

1989 - Opposition leader Patricio Aylwin is elected president in Chile’s first free election since 1970.

1990 - African National Congress president Oliver Tambo returns to South Africa after 30 years in exile.

1991 - Former East German leader Erich Honecker is offered asylum in North Korea.

1992 - Easing a 17-year embargo, the US allows its companies to sign contracts in Vietnam.

1995 - Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia sign a US-brokered peace settlement for Bosnia.

2003 - Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussain is captured near his hometown of Tikrit.

2004 - The Millau viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world, officially opens in France.

2014 - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wins in re-election.

2015 - UAE, China launch $10 billion (Dh36.78 billion) joint strategic investment fund.