1993- Emirates, the international airline of the UAE, signed a multi-million dollar contract in Dubai to procure new generation Rolls-Royce engines to power its fleet into the 21st century. The contract was signed at the airline’s headquarters by Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates, and the Rolls-Royce Trent Project director, Stan Todd, for 35-RB211 Rolls-Royce Trent 800 series engines for 14 Emirates Boeing 777s. The contract, believed to be worth $400 million (Dh1.47 billion), is an order for a total of 19 engines with options on another 16, according to airline sources.
Other important events
1833 - Russia and Turkey sign defence treaty.
1858 - The British proclaim victory after a year of bitter fighting to put down the Indian Mutiny.
1885 - The Wall Street Journal is first published.
1937 - Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan sign the Treaty of Saadabad.
1989 - Carlos Menem is sworn in as the Argentina’s 46th President.
1994 - Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s longtime ruler, dies.
1996 - The first Islamist-led government in Turkey narrowly wins a vote of confidence.
2003 - Sudan Airways Flight 39, with 116 people on board, crashes in Sudan.
2007 - An Indian train arrives in Bangladesh on the first trial run upon resumption of rail services suspended 42 years ago.
2010 - The first solar-powered plane, a Swiss-led project, completes its 24-hour test flight and lands in Berne, Switzerland.
2016 - Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi dies in Karachi at the age of 92.