1948 – D. W. Griffith, American director of the silent film epics “Birth of a Nation”, and “Intolerance”, died.
1951 – Marshal Philippe Petain died in prison. French hero for his commanding role in World War One, he headed the Vichy government that collaborated with the German occupiers in World War Two and was sentenced to life in prison.
1952 – A military coup led by General Neguib overthrew and banished King Farouk in Egypt.
1955 – Cordell Hull, U.S. secretary of state 1933-44, died. He was awarded the 1945 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in establishing the United Nations.
1997 – Slobodan Milosevic stepped down as Serbia’s president and was sworn in as Yugoslavia’s federal head of state.
1999 – Morocco’s King Hassan died of a heart attack after 38 years in power and was succeeded by his son Mohammed.
1999 – “Tarzan”, an animated film by the Walt Disney studios, was shown in the United States by filmless projection systems and thus became the first ever film to be produced and shown entirely using digital technology.
2004 – Bollywood comedian Mehmood, who regaled millions of Indians with his unique style of whacky humour, died aged 71. Mehmood acted in more than 300 films in a career spanning two decades.
2005 – Lance Armstrong wins Tour de France for a record seventh time. He was stripped of his titles and banned for life from the sport in 2012 by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
2005 – Bombs killed at least 64 people in the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. The Tawhid and Jihad Group claimed responsibility.
2014 – Andy Lewis walks on slack line between buildings in Bangkok.