1930: Lebanese photographer and journalist Fouad N. Haddad is born in Beirut. He dies in Beirut on July 19, 1976.
1964: Staging their historic encounter on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem--not far from the Garden of Gethsemane, where Christ was arrested before his crucifixion--Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Benedictos of Jerusalem meet and speak for 30 minutes. It is the first formal meeting between the Roman Catholic Churrch and the Eastern Orthodox Church in five centuries.
1989: Wayne Strozzi, a 35-year-old Vietnam veteran and prison parolee (he’d served 13 months on cocaine charges), takes 20 people hostage in Lovgeland, Colo., and demands a plane to Libya. Strozzi is apparently angry that his wife was dating another man. He kills Fenton Crookshank, a patron at the restaurant, before police shoot him, killing him as well as a waitress, Sally Mills.
1989: U.S. F-14s shoot down two Libyan MIG-23 fighter jets over the Mediterranean as tensions between the two countries mount over the Reagan administration’s allegation that Libya’s Muammar el Qaddafi has built a chemical weapons plant at Rabat, 40 miles southwest of Tripoli, the Libyan capital.
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2006: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffers a second stroke, throwing him into a coma. Ehud Olmert takes over as prime minister.