On this day:

1964: The Tokyo Summer Olympics Begin, the first Olympics to be held in Asia

1967: Outer Space Treaty is Enforced, which regulated the exploration and use of outer space and created the field of international space law.

1970: Fijian independence from Britain

2010: The Country of Netherlands Antilles is DissolvedĀ 

Born on this day:

1813: Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer

1861: Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian, Nobel Prize laureate

1930: Harold Pinter, English playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, Nobel Prize laureate

Gone on this day:

1875: Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian poet, author, playwright

2004: Christopher Reeve, American actor

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