Today’s Significant Events
1586 – Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia
1854 – Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.
1967 – 1st human heart transplant performed (Dr Christian Barnard, South Africa)
1984 – Union Carbide pesticide plant leak of methyl isocyanate and other toxic compounds in Bhopal, India, kills 2,259 (official figure) – other estimates as high as 16,000 (including later deaths) and over half a million injured
1989 – Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush, declare the Cold War over
Read more at: http://www.onthisday.com/today/events.php