In Hong Kong 1958: Mak Hin, 21, who had snatched a jacket while its owner was answering nature's call, was given five months hard labour by Mr T L Yang at a Kowloon court. 1961: Shipments of Hong Kong-made mooncakes were banned by the American Customs from entering the United States for fear that the cakes might be contaminated after a recent bout of cholera in the territory. 1964: An average of 40 to 50 people committed suicide each month, said Elsie Elliot of the Hong Kong Samaritans. She said most Chinese committed suicide as a result of outside circumstances. Europeans, on the other hand, took their life for reasons wrapped up inside themselves, she said. 1966: A plot of Crown land in Lung Cheung Road, Kowloon, was bought by Television Broadcasts Limited in a public auction for $1.82 million. Around the world 30 BC: Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, died. She is said to have committed suicide by allowing an asp to bite her breast. 1645: The Dutch and American Indians made a treaty of peace at New Amsterdam, New York. 1781: A French fleet defeated the British at the Battle of Chesapeake Cape in the American War of Independence. 1797: Mary Shelley, English novelist, was born. Author of Frankenstein, she was the wife of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. 1862: The second battle of Bull Run took place in the US civil war. Confederate forces under General Stonewall Jackson defeated the Union army. 1914: German forces took Amiens in France during World War I. 1918: Vladimir Lenin, new leader of Soviet Russia, was shot and wounded by Fanya Kaplan and her sister Dora after speaking at a factory in Moscow. Both women were said to be members of the Social Revolutionary Party. 1928: Jawaharlal Nehru founded the Independence of India League to work towards freedom from British rule. He became India's first prime minister after independence in 1947. 1940: Sir Joseph John Thomson, English physicist who discovered the electron, died aged 83. 1945: Hong Kong was liberated when the British navy under Rear-Admiral Cecil Harcourt sailed into Victoria harbour to accept the Japanese surrender. 1963: A 'hot line' link between the Kremlin and the White House went into operation, designed to reduce the risk of accidental war. 1973: Kenya banned hunting of elephants and trade in ivory. 1982: Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat abandoned his headquarters in Beirut following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. 1991: The Soviet republic of Azerbaijan declared independence. 1996: The lines holding a 21-tonne chunk of the Titanic snapped, sending it back to the bottom of the sea. The salvage operation was abandoned. 1998: Troops allied with the government of Congo captured the strategic port town of Matadi from rebel forces trying to oust President Laurent Kabila.