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  • 2020: EVENT: Word record drug haul of 14 tonnes of amphetamines seized by Italian police in Salerno worth $1.1 billion. Thought made in Syria by Islamic State.
  • 2008: EVENT: Denmark is the first European economy to confirm it is in recession since the global credit crunch began; its GDP shrinks 0.6% in the first quarter after a 0.2% contraction in the fourth quarter of 2007
  • 1999: DEATH: Dennis Brown, Jamaican reggae singer ("Money In My Pocket"), dies of a collapsed lung, after a heart attack, at 42
  • 1996: BIRTHDAY: Adelina Sotnikova, Russian figure skater (Olympic gold individual 2014), born Moscow, Russia
  • 1996: BIRTHDAY: Adelina Sotnikova, Russian figure skater (Olympic gold individual 2014), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1988: BIRTHDAY: Aleksander Lesun, Russian modern pentathlete (Olympic gold pentathlon 2016), born in Barysaw, Belarus
  • 1984: BIRTHDAY: Donald Thomas, Bahamian high jumper (World Championship gold 2007), born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • 1979: DEATH: Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1956) and soccer striker (3 caps), dies at 56
  • 1977: BIRTHDAY: Jerome Iginla, Canadian NHL right wing (Olympic gold 2002, 10), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1976: BIRTHDAY: Szymon Ziólkowski, Polish hammer thrower (Olympic gold 2000), born in Poznan, Poland
  • 1974: BIRTHDAY: Jefferson Pérez, Ecuadorian race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1996), born in Cuenca, Ecuador
  • 1972: BIRTHDAY: Corey Hirsch, Canadian NHL goalie (Olympic silver 1994), coach and broadcaster, born in Medicine Hat, Canada
  • 1971: EVENT: Debt raised to build San Franisco's Golden Gate Bridge paid off
  • 1966: EVENT: Construction crews begin tearing up Market St to build BART
  • 1963: BIRTHDAY: Igor Zhelezovski, Belarusian speed skater (record 6 x World Sprint Champion; Olympic silver 1994; bronze 1988), born in Orša, Byelorussia (d. 2021)
  • 1961: BIRTHDAY: Carl Lewis, American sprinter and long jumper (9 Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1958: BIRTHDAY: Nancy Lieberman, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard and coach (Olympic silver 76), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1926: EVENT: Canada restores gold standard
  • 1920: BIRTHDAY: Harold Sakata [Toshiyuki], American actor (Gold Finger, Dimension 5), born in Holualoa, Hawaii (d. 1982)
  • 1916: EVENT: Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market
  • 1914: BIRTHDAY: Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (combined gold Winter Olympics 1936), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2004)
  • 1911: EVENT: Proclamation removes "Dei Gratia" (by the Grace of God) from Canadian coins
  • 1910: BIRTHDAY: Glen Hardin, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936 400m hurdles), born in Derma, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • 1908: BIRTHDAY: Ed Gordon Jr, American athlete (Olympic gold long jump 1932), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1906: BIRTHDAY: Ed Gordon Jr, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1932), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1858: EVENT: 1st Canadian coins minted (1, 5, 10 and 20 cent)
  • 1836: EVENT: US President Andrew Jackson announces to Congress bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found institution in Washington.
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