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