1883 Czar Alexander III crowned in Moscow.
1896 A tornado struck St Louis and East St Louis, Illinois, killing 255 people.
1905 Japanese annihilate Russian fleet of 32 ships in the Tsushima Straits off Korea.
1927 Thomas Masaryk is elected Czechoslovakia president.
1936 British luxury liner “Queen Mary” begins maiden voyage across Atlantic Ocean.
1937 The Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, opens.
1941 German battleship “Bismarck” is sunk by British Navy off France, with loss of 2,300 lives.
1951 Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing.
1960 Military coup overthrows democratic government of Turkey
1964 India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru dies.
1970 Leftist coalition led by Sirimavo Bandaranaike wins Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) elections.
1971 Soviet Union signs 15-year pact with Egypt, pledging assistance in recovery of all Arab territories occupied by Zionists.
1975 A bus full of elderly women plunges off Dibble’s Bridge in Yorkshire, UK, killing 38.
1977 Two Boeing 747s of Pan Am and KLM collide in Canary Islands, killing 582.
1991 Austrian airliner Lauda-Air explodes over central Thailand, killing 223 passengers and crew.
1994 Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia after two decades in exile.
1996 Russia signed a deal with the leader of the Chechen rebels to end fighting in the breakaway region in what President Boris Yeltsin called an historic moment.
1997 Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with Nato.
1999 A UN tribunal indicts Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity, holding the Yugoslav president responsible for the horrors in Kosovo.
2000 The new campus of American University in Dubai (AUD) is officially inaugurated.
2001 Michael Schumacher cruises to his fifth Monaco Grand Prix victory.
2006 A 6.3-magnitude earthquake in central Indonesia killed at least 5,800 people.
2007 Sindh administration bars Tehrik-E-Insaf chief Imran Khan from entering Karachi for a month.
2012 Mark Webber wins the Monaco Grand Prix.
2013 Saudi Prince Metab Bin Abdullah is appointed as head a new National Guard ministry.
2015 Swiss police arrested seven senior Fifa officials from a plush Zurich hotel, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb.
2017 Eight people dead, including deputy sheriff, after shooting in Mississippi, US.
Welcare Hospital opens in Dubai
The Dh150 million Welcare Hospital, located in the Al Garhoud area, was officially opened by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry. Among those present were Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Midfa, UAE Minister of Health, Ahmad Al Jumeiri, Director of the Department of Health and Medical Services. The 120-bed hospital is owned by the Varkey Group and offers a wide range of medical services, including internal medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and urology. Shaikh Hamdan toured the hospital and saw the facilities it offered. “He seemed impressed with what he saw,” said James Ferguson, the Medical Director of Welcare. He added that the hospital was expected to be quite busy soon, with many specialities operating now and several others to be introduced in the near future. Currently, the hospital has 30 physicians of different nationalities. “The nursing staff is trained and evaluated by Sheffield University in the UK.”