This is what happened This Day in History
1960 - French colony of Chad became independent
1961 - Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1
1962 - Andrian G Nikolayev, becomes 3rd Russian in space aboard Vostok 3
1962 - Beach Boys release "Surfin' Safari"
1962 - Bolotnikov runs world record 10km (28:18.2)
1962 - Dodgers protest wetting down of Candlestick to slow Maury Wills down
1963 - Kingston Trio are mystery guest on "What's My Line?"
1963 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Women's Golf Open Invitational
1964 - Beatles' "A Hard Days Night" opens in NYC
1964 - Race riot in Paterson NJ
1965 - 6 day insurrection starts in Watts section of Los Angeles
1965 - Beatles movie "Help" opens in NYC
1965 - Watts riots begin in Southeast LA, lasts 6 days
1966 - Last Beatle concert tour of US begins
1967 - Al Downing becomes 12th to strike-out side on 9 pitches
1968 - Beatles launch "Apple Records" label
1968 - Satchel Paige, 62, & needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves
1968 - The last steam passenger train service runs in Britain. A selection of British Rail steam locomotives make the 120-mile journey from Liverpool to Carlisle and returns to Liverpool before having their fires dropped for the last time - this working was known as the Fifteen Guinea Special.
1969 - Don Drysdale retires because of damage to his right shoulder
1969 - Pitts Steelers beat NY Giants 17-13 in Montreal (NFL expo)
1970 - Jim Bunning becomes 2nd (Cy Young) to win 100 games in both leagues
1970 - Tony Perez becomes 1st to hit a HR in red seats at Riverfront
1971 - Construction begins on Louisiana Superdome
1971 - Harmon Killebrew hits HRs #500 & 501
1972 - "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
1974 - 56th PGA Championship: Lee Trevino shoots a 276 at Tanglewood NC
1974 - Coup in East-Timor under UDT
1974 - Head-on collision between two buses kills 21 (Ankara, Turkey)
1975 - Expos' Jose Mangual struck out 5 times in a game
1975 - US vetoes proposed admission of North & South Vietnam to UN
1976 - Keith Moon, drummer for Who, collapses & is hospitalized in Miami
1976 - Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die
1977 - Geoff Boycott scores his 100th FC hundred, v Aust at Headingley
1978 - Funeral of Pope Paul VI
1978 - Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
1979 - 28°F in Embarrass Minnesota
1979 - Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
1980 - Angola revises its constitution
1980 - Mohammed Ali Radjai appointed premier of Iran
1980 - Yanks Reggie Jackson hits his 400th HR off Chicago's Britt Burns
1982 - Twins Terry Felton loses & runs career to 0-14 (en route to 0-16)
1982 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 - 101,799 fans at soccer match Brazil vs France
1984 - Carl Lewis duplicates Jesse Owens' 1936 feat, wins 4 Olym track golds
1984 - Cincinnati Reds retire Johnny Bench's #5 uniform
1984 - During a radio voice test Pres Reagan joked he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes"
1984 - Men's choir Maranatha Netherlands forms
1984 - USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
1985 - "Tap Dance Kid" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 perfs
1985 - 67th PGA Championship: Hubert Green shoots 278 at Cherry Hills Denver
1985 - Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz
1985 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
1985 - Rudolf Povarnitsin of USSR sets new high jump world record (7'10"12)
1986 - 68th PGA Championship: Bob Tway shoots a 276 at Inverness Club Toledo
1987 - France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
1988 - 225 at bats after #299, Met Gary Carter is 59th to hit 300th HR
1988 - Charlotte Colisieum in Charlotte NC opens
1988 - Meir Kahane renounced US citizenship to stay in Israeli Parliament
1988 - Al-Qaeda formed
1989 - "Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child" premieres
1989 - Geoff Marsh & Mark Taylor complete 329 opening stand v England
1989 - Voyager 2 discovers 2 partial rings of Neptune
1990 - Egypt & Morocco troops land in Saudi Arabia to prevent Iraqi invasion
1990 - NY Yankee Kevin Maas is fastest to get 13 HRs (110 at bats)
1991 - 400,000 demonstrate for democracy in Madagascar, 31 killed
1991 - 73rd PGA Championship: John Daly shoots a 276 at Crooked Stick Ind
1991 - Melissa Mcnamara wins Stratton Mountain LPGA Golf Classic
1991 - Shite Moslems release US hostage Edward Tracy
1991 - Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) lands
1991 - Wilson Alvarez hurls a no-hitter in his 1st big league start
1992 - Oakland A's rip Jose Canseco for leaving stadium before end of game
1993 - Director Oliver Stone files for divorce from Elizabeth
1993 - NY Islander Brian Mullen, 31, suffers a mild stroke
1993 - Pope John Paul II visits Mexico
1993 - Red Sox Roger Clemens pitches 2,000th strike out (Danny Tartabul-NY)
1994 - Joao B "Nino" Vieira elected pres of Guinee-Bissau
1996 - "Thousand Clowns," closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performs
1996 - 78th PGA Championship: Mark Brooks shoots a 277 at Vallhalla GC KY
1996 - Emilee Klein wins LPGA Ping Welch's Golf Championship
1997 - Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
1999 - Total solar eclipse in India-North -France (2m23s)
1999 - The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.
2003 - Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
2003 - A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112°F (44° C), leaving about 144 people dead.
2003 - NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.