971 – War elephant corps of the Southern Han defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops; Southern Han state forced to submit to the Song Dynasty. 1st regular war elephant corps in the Chinese army.
1368 – In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.
1556 – Shaanxi Earthquake – deadliest ever recorded kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China.
1950 – Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel.
1973 – US President Richard Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War.
1978 – Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth’s ozone layer.
2002 – American journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan, and later executed.
Music: 1986 – 1st induction of Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)
Sport: 2018 – LeBron James becomes the 7th and youngest (33 years 24 days) to reach the 30,000 NBA point milestone during 114-102 loss to San Antonio Spurs.
Via Britannica / On This Day