Today is Saturday، the 294th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 71 days remaining until the end of the year.
Today's highlights in history:
Egyptian Naval Day: This holiday commemorates the sinking of the Israeli destroyer INS Eilat by the Egyptian Naval Force in 1967. Thus the Egyptian Navy became the first navy ever to sink a ship using anti-ship missiles.
On this date:
790 - The Tricolour is chosen as the official flag of France. 1861 - The first South American railroad line is inaugurated in Paraguay. 1879 - American inventor Thomas A. Edison demonstrates the first electric lamp. 1923 - The world’s first planetarium projector opens at the Deutsches Museum in Munich، Germany. 1945 - Argentine politician Juan Peron marries actress Eva Duarte. 1950 - Chinese forces occupy Tibet. 1960 - The first British nuclear submarine، Dreadnought، is launched at Barrow-in-Furness، Cumbria. 1966 - More than 140 people، mostly children، are killed when a coal waste landslide engulfs a school and several houses in south Wales. 1969 - Willy Brandt is elected Chancellor of West Germany. 1975 - Mexico City subway crash kills 20 people when a stationary train is hit by another train. 1986 - American writer Edward Tracy is kidnapped by terrorists in Beirut. 1989 - A Honduran jet breaks apart in flight and crashes outside Tegucigalpa، killing at least 120 people. 1993 - Gunmen assassinate Asaad Saftawi، a leading member of PLO chairman Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip. 1994 - At least 32 people are killed when a bridge in central Seoul collapses during the morning rush hour. 1996 - Arnoldo Aleman claims victory over Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua’s presidential election. 2000 - Thuraya-1، the first satellite of Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co، is successfully launched into orbit. 2004 - Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is sworn in as Indonesian President. 2009 - A Khartoum-bound cargo plane crashes two minutes after take-off from Sharjah Airport، killing all six crew members. 2014 - South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 2015 - Abu Dhabi Global Market، a new international financial centre، opens for business with the approval of financial services licence applications.