In Hong Kong 1961: Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery told Canadian reporters he saw more malnutrition - 'bags of it' - in Hong Kong than he did during his recent trip to the mainland. He called Chinese leader Mao Zedong a 'great guy'. 1962: Two masked men held up a Kowloon watch shop, stealing 37 watches worth $7,000. They escaped on bicycles. Mexican President Lopez Mateos arrived at Kai Tak as part of a Far East tour. 1965: Novelist Barbara Cartland arrived in Hong Kong. The best-selling author admitted she dictated 5,000 words and wrote 50 letters each working day. 1969: The Government announced 38,000 low-rent homes would be available at the end of 1971. The building of Wong Chuk Hung Government estate in Aberdeen was estimated to cost $37.3 million. Around the world 1713: Denis Diderot was born. The French philosopher, writer and editor of the Encyclopedie, a 28-volume attempt to incorporate all human knowledge into one work. 1864: Louis Lumiere was born. He was a French inventor of a process for colour photography with his brother, Auguste. 1882: Robert Hutchings Goddard was born. The US physicist, generally considered to be the father of modern rocketry, developed and built the first liquid fuel rocket in 1926. 1914: In one of the earliest air battles in warfare, French and German planes exchanged fire at the start of World War I. 1919: British actor Donald Pleasance was born. He was renowned for playing villainous roles. 1936: Vaclav Havel was born. The playwright was president of Czechoslovakia from 1989 and of the Czech Republic from 1993. 1936: The Jarrow march of unemployed shipworkers began its journey to London. 1938: Dr Eduard Benes resigned the presidency of Czechoslovakia and fled abroad. 1964: Fifty-seven East German refugees sheltered in West Berlin after tunnelling under the Berlin Wall. It was the largest mass escape since the wall was built. 1969: The BBC transmitted the first Monty Python's Flying Circus comedy show. 1970: Anwar Sadat was nominated to succeed Gamal Abdel Nasser as president of Egypt. 1974: Five people were killed and 35 injured by Irish nationalist guerilla bombs in two bars in Guildford, England. 1983: Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 1988: A radical new constitution came into effect in Brazil, replacing the one imposed by the military during their 1964-85 rule. 1989: The Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 1994: Almost 50 members of the Order of the Solar Temple sect died in two suicide fires in Switzerland. 1999: Two trains packed with commuters burst into flames after colliding in central London, killing 31 people.