- 1981 – President Mohammad-Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar of Iran are assassinated in a bombing committed by the People’s Mujahedin of Iran.
- 1984 – STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage.
- 1991 – Dissolution of the Soviet Union: Azerbaijan declares independence from Soviet Union.
- 1992 – The 11-day Ruby Ridge standoff ends with Randy Weaver surrendering to federal authorities.
- 1995 – Bosnian War: NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
- 1998 – Second Congo War: Armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and their Angolan and Zimbabwean allies recapture Matadi and the Inga dams in the western DRC from RCD and Rwandan troops.
- 2014 – Prime Minister of Lesotho Tom Thabane flees to South Africa as the army allegedly stages a coup.
K. K. Birla
Krishna Kumar Birla (12 October 1918 – 30 August 2008) was an Indian industrialist of the Birla family.
He was the chairman of one of the Hindustan Times. He was on the central board of the State Bank of India and ICICI. He headed Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI), Indian Sugar Mills Association and many Sports Federations. Birla was the group chairman of the Zuari-Chambal group of companies. He was also the Chairman of Zuari-Chambal-Paradeep.
He liked playing bridge. He was president of the Bridge Federation of India for a number of years and also headed the Indian Lawn Tennis Association.
- his net worth was estimated at 11,000 crore in 2008
- After the demise of Birla, his son-in-law Saroj Kumar Poddar took over as the chairman of Zuari-Chambal-Paradeep fertilizer combines.
- The textiles and sugar business is now headed by Nandini Nopany, eldest daughter of Birla and Chandra Shekhar Nopany, grandson of Birla.
- The Media group, Hindustan Times Media, is now chaired by his daughter Shobhana Bhartia, Member of Parliament.
- Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman-Aditya Birla Group and grand nephew of Birla, took over as the Chancellor of BITS Pilani.
- K. K. Birla Lane in New Delhi is named for him.