On this day in history, the UAW and GM reach an agreement to terminate the strike.
On this historic date:
British troops occupied Philadelphia in 1777.
In a christening ceremony in Scotland in 1934, Britain’s Queen Mary bestowed her name on Cunard-White Star Line’s newest ocean liner.
In 1950, United Nations troops liberated Seoul, South Korea’s capital, from North Korean forces.
The first televised presidential debate took place in a Chicago TV studio in 1960. Candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon were featured.
The yacht Australia II won the America’s Cup from the United States in 1983, ending the sport’s 132-year winning streak.
When Britain’s lease on Hong Kong expired in 1997, China and the United Kingdom signed an agreement in 1984 to return the territory to Chinese control.
Under pressure from filmmakers, the Motion Picture Association of America approved the “NC-17” classification — no children under the age of 17 allowed – in 1990 to replace the pornographic industry’s “X” rating.
In 1991, four men and four women entered Arizona’s Biosphere II, a massive, airtight greenhouse. They stayed inside for two years, finally coming out on this date in 1993.
Shortly after takeoff from Lagos airport in 1992, a Nigerian Air Force transport plane crashed into a marsh, killing all 158 personnel on board.
The Atlantis space shuttle landed in 1996, bringing astronaut Shannon Lucid back to Earth. Her six-month tenure aboard the Mir space station was the longest in orbit for an American at the time.
Lynndie England, a U.S. Army Pfc. who was photographed with inmates at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail in widely circulated photos, was convicted of conspiracy and prisoner abuse in 2005. She was given a three-year sentence and was released in March 2007.
The United Auto Workers union and General Motors reached an agreement in 2007, ending a two-day walkout, in which GM agreed to create a $38.5 billion trust to administer retiree health benefits.
Typhoon Ketsana blew into the Philippines in 2009, killing over 500 people and creating the country’s worst floods in nearly 50 years. Following that, the typhoon blasted into Southeast Asia, killing 163 people in Vietnam.
After years of pressure, Saudi King Salman stated in 2017 that the country would begin issuing driver’s licenses to women the following summer.
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