On this day:

1964: Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison

1991: Boris Yeltsin becomes Russia’s first President

1994: The world’s largest twinjet, Boeing 777, takes off on its maiden flight

Born on this day:

1929: Anne Frank, German/Dutch author, Holocaust victim

2000: P. L. Deshpande, the Indian Marathi writer, dies at 80