In Hong Kong 1964: Boxer Law Hon-pak, the colony's bantamweight champion, scored a third-round technical knockout of Augustin Senin of Spain to advance to the second round at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. 1974: The Supreme Court heard that actress Tina Ti was $750,000 in debt, although she had recently earned $60,000 from the sale of a Picasso pencil sketch. She told the court she sold off her Repulse Bay home for $540,000 to repay a mortgage loan of $406,000. 1983: Twenty-four Chinese seamen were reported missing after their vessel, Da Qing 236, collided with an Indonesian cargo ship about 100 nautical miles off the coast of Hong Kong. 1986: Jean-Claude Van Damme arrived in Hong Kong to begin filming Bloodsport, his first big Hollywood feature film. The Belgian actor, nicknamed 'the muscles from Brussels', had first come to the colony in 1983 to break into the film business. 1990: US actress Shirley MacLaine was in Hong Kong for a consultation with astrologer Raj Subramaniam. Around the world 1809: Meriwether Lewis, US explorer who with William Clark found the overland route to the Pacific, died aged 35. 1844: Henry John Heinz, US food-products manufacturer who formed H J Heinz Co, was born. 1871: The Great Fire of Chicago was finally extinguished after three days. At least 300 people were killed and 90,000 were made homeless. Damage was estimated at over $200 million. 1899: The South African Boer War began between the British empire and Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State. 1939: Albert Einstein and other US scientists informed President Roosevelt of the possibilities of developing an atomic bomb. 1961: Leonard 'Chico' Marx, the piano-playing member of the Marx brothers, died at 70. 1963: Jean Cocteau, French poet, novelist, actor, film director and painter, died aged 74. Best known for his films Beauty And The Beast and The Testament Of Orpheus. 1976: In China, Mao Zedong's widow Jiang Qing and three others, the 'Gang of Four', were arrested and charged with plotting a coup. 1980: Two Soviet cosmonauts concluded the longest space mission up to that time, 185 days, aboard Salyut 6. 1982: The Mary Rose, once Henry VIII's flagship, was raised off southern England. 1988: Pope John Paul's speech to the European parliament in Strasbourg was disrupted when Northern Ireland's Ian Paisley began shouting 'Anti-Christ' and waved a red banner reading 'John Paul II Anti-Christ'. 1990: A crowd of 150,000 packed the May 1 stadium in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, to see the North beat the South 2-1 in a soccer match - the first competition between the divided nation on home soil. 1999: South Africa and the European Union signed a long-awaited free trade agreement phasing out tariffs on about 90 per cent of their trade. 1999: German-born molecular biologist Guenter Blobel won the 1999 Nobel Prize for Medicine.