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2008 - Former Nasdaq stock market chairman Bernard Madoff is arrested on a securities fraud charge.

2008 - Former Nasdaq stock market chairman Bernard Madoff is arrested on a securities fraud charge.

Highlights in history on this date:

1205 - In England, John Grey, Bishop of Norwich, is elected Archbishop of Canterbury.

1515 - Pope Leo X surrenders Parma and Piacenza to France by Treaty of Bologna.

1792 - France's King Louis XVI faces charges of treason. He is convicted, and executed the following month.

1816 - Britain restores Java, Indonesia, to the Netherlands.

1853 - Britain annexes Nagpur, one of India's key states.

1894 - World's first motor show opens in Paris with nine exhibitors.

1901 - First transatlantic radio signal is sent by Italian Guglielmo Marconi from Poldhu in Cornwall and received by Percy Wright Paget in St John's, Newfoundland.

1930 - Bank of the United States in New York fails and closes all its 60 branches.

1936 - George VI becomes King of England following abdication of Edward VIII.

1937 - Italy withdraws from the League of Nations.

1941 - US declares war against Germany and Italy in World War II.

1946 - The UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is established.

1967 - Prototype of the Anglo-French supersonic aircraft Concorde is shown for the first time at Toulouse, France.

1972 - US Apollo 17 astronauts land on the moon and begin an extensive exploration of the lunar surface.

1982 - South Australia's first test-tube baby, Matthew James Wooton, is born one week premature in an Adelaide hospital.

1991 - Leaders of 12 European Community nations agree to establish loose federation with common foreign policy and single currency by 1999, laying the groundwork for the European Union.

1995 - Actor Jon Blake wins Australia's biggest personal injury payout of $32 million over a 1986 car crash that left him paralysed and brain-damaged.

1996 - Independent senators Mal Colston and Brian Harradine vote in favour of a government move to privatise one-third of Telstra, passing the bill.

1997 - More than 150 countries agree at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's greenhouse gases.

1998 - The Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives votes to impeach president Bill Clinton for perjury.

2001 - A US federal grand jury indicts Frenchman Zacarias Moussaoui for conspiracy in the September 11 terrorist attacks, the first indictment directly related to the attacks.

2003 - A presidential panel concludes that France should outlaw Islamic head scarves in public schools to halt the burgeoning influence of Muslim fundamentalism.

2004 - Doctors say Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxin which may have been put in the opposition leader's soup, producing severe disfigurement and partial paralysis of his face.

2008 - Former Nasdaq stock market chairman Bernard L Madoff is arrested on a securities fraud charge, accused of running a phony investment business that lost at least $US50 billion.

2012 - Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, who influenced musicians ranging from The Beatles to Yehudi Menuhin, dies in San Diego aged 92.

2013 - Holden announces it will stop manufacturing in Australia in 2017.

2016 - Qantas announces non-stop flights for its new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft between Perth and London, beginning in March 2018.

Today's Birthdays:

Hector Berlioz, French composer (1803-1869); Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and Nobel laureate (1918-2008); Maggie Tabberer, Australian model, fashion designer and television personality (1936-); Reg Livermore, Australian entertainer (1938-); Teri Garr, US actress (1947-); Jermaine Jackson, American entertainer, (1954-); Nikki Sixx, US rock musician (1958-); Mos Def, American rapper and actor (1973-); Hamish Blake, Australian comedian (1981-).

Thought For Today:

Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad. - Christina Rosetti, British poet (1830-1874).