On this day,
2010- The world’s tallest building opens in Dubai. It’s called the Burj Khalifa.
2003- Martha Stewart steps down as head of her media empire, after being charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, securities fraud and lying to investigators.
2001- Nepal’s King Dipendra dies, three days after most of the members of the royal family are shot and killed. Dipendra is accused of the shooting.
1998- Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in federal prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
1997- Small Faces bassist Ronnie Lane dies at the age of 51 after battling multiple sclerosis since 1977.
1992- Priscilla Presley announces America has chosen the image of the 1950’s Elvis for a Postal stamp.
1989- The Chinese government cracks down on student protesters in the Tiananmen Square massacre. Hundreds of people are killed.
1979- The Bee Gees are number one on the charts with their hit, “Love You Inside Out.”
1972- Black activist and professor Angela Davis is aquitted of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy charges related to the murder of a judge. Davis had been charged because she knew the perpetrators and bought the gun used in the crime.
1958- Sheb Wooley tops the charts with his hit, “The Purple People Eater.”
1949- The hour-long variety show “Cavalcade of Stars” premieres. The show is known for launching the show “The Honeymooners.”
1944- Allied troops liberate Rome.
1917- Pulitzer Prizes, awarding excellence in journalism and other writing, are awarded for the first time.
1784- Frenchwoman Marie Thible becomes the first woman to fly a free balloon.
1975- Actress Angelina Jolie
– Comedian Russell Brand
1974- Comedian Horatio Sanz
1972- Singer Nikka Costa
1971- Actor Noah Wyle
1968- Actor Scott Wolf
1966- Opera singer Cecilia Bartoli
1961- singer Eldra DeBarge, leader of the family group, DeBarge
1945- Singer Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas
1937- Country singer Freddy Fender
1936- Actor Bruce Dern
1929- Sex doctor Dr. Ruth Westheimer
1924- Actor Dennis Weaver
1738- King George the Third, ruled during the American Revolution