On this day:

1956 Tunisia gains its independence from France

1978 World’s first test tube baby, Louise Joy Brown, is born

1984 Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the First Woman to Walk in Space

2007 Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India’s first female President

Born on this day:

1920 Rosalind Franklin, English scientist

Gone on this day:

1980 Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian singer-songwriter, actor, poet

1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, philosopher