On this day:
1834 Slavery abolished in British Empire
1980 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir becomes President of Iceland and the world’s first democratically elected female head of state.
1916 Annie Besant founds the India Home Rule League
Born on this day:
1930 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist
Gone on this day:
1920 Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Indian lawyer, social reformer