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On September the 12th
The United Nations lifted the sanctions it had imposed against Libya in 1992 due to its refusal to release the terrorists who had committed the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Article V of the NATO agreement was invoked for the very first time in the treaty's history, in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States of America. Article V is the core of the alliance which stipulates that should one of the alliance partners be attacked, it will be considered as an attack on all of them.
American actor, Anthony Perkins, died at the age of 60. He is most remembered for his part as Norman in Psycho.
A military coup took place in Turkey.
South African, Steve Biko, was killed while in police custody. He was one of the most influential anti-apartheid activists.
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, was deposed after a military coup by the military committee called, the Derg. He was one of the most respected monarchs around the world and 'Messiah' of the Rastafarian movement. Under his leadership Ethiopia enjoyed a status of prestige around the world.
The NORAD command center (North American Aerospace Defence Command) began operating. It is a joint command of the United States and Canada, residing under Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, that provides aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America.
The cave paintings of Lascaux, France were discovered. The painting found there date back to 15,000 BC.
English actor, Sir Ian Holm, was born in Goodmayes, Essex. He is one of England's most acclaimed actors who has appeared in almost 60 motion pictures and a multitude of theatrical productions.
British actor, Desmond Llewelyn, was born in Newport. Wales. He was famous for playing the fictional character of Q in the James Bond series of films.
American athlete, Jesse Owens, was born in Oakville, Alabama. He had taken part in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany where he won four gold medals, under the eyes of Adolf Hitler.
French singer and actor, Maurice Chevalier, was born in Paris, France. He was one of the most popular French entertainers of the 20th century, with a career that spanned over 50 years and two continents.
Dutch painter, Jan van der Heyden, was born in Gorinchem, Neth.
The battle of Vienna took place, where several European armies allied their forces to bring about the defeat the Ottoman Empire.
English explorer, Henry Hudson, discovered the river that now bares his name, the Hudson River which runs through the US state of New York
490 BC 
The Battle of Marathon took place with The Athenians defeating The significantly larger Persian army.
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