In Hong Kong 1961: A 44-year-old carpenter returned home from work and, because his dinner was not ready, threw his rice bowl at his wife, cutting her face. He claimed in court he thought he had the right to assault his wife. He was fined $25 and bound over for a year at North Kowloon Court. 1964: The wedding reception of Edward Hui and Carol Wong featured the largest wedding cake ever made in Hong Kong. The 2.1- metre cake had seven tiers and weighed more than 45kg 1970: A two-week arms amnesty for voluntarily surrender of weapons yielded 77 firearms, 240 knives and 24,000 rounds of ammunition. 1975: Hundreds of teenagers fled in terror from a Mongkok billiard and amusement saloon when rival gangs of armed men clashed. One man died from multiple stab wounds and 20 were injured in the fight. Around the world 1509: The Portuguese, led by Francisco de Almeida, destroyed the Muslim fleet in the Battle of Diu, establishing Portuguese control of Indian waters. 1536: Spanish explorer Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires. 1556: The world's worst recorded earthquake, in China's Shaanxi, Shansi and Henan provinces, killed an estimated 830,000 people. 1848: The war between Mexico and the US ended after the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. 1893: The first 'close-up' in film history was made at Edison's new studio in New Jersey, showing a man sneezing. Fred Ott's Sneeze also became the first film to be copyrighted the following year. 1918: John L (Lawrence) Sullivan, US professional boxer, died. He won the world heavyweight boxing title as a bareknuckle fighter in 1882 and lost it in 1892 under Queensberry rules. 1969: Boris Karloff (William Henry Pratt), British-born film actor, died. He was best known for his roles in horror films notably Frankenstein and The Mummy. 1970: British philosopher Bertrand Russell died at 97. He won the Nobel prize for literature in 1950. 1971: Ugandan army strongman Major-General Idi Amin took full power as military head of state and formed an 18-man cabinet to run the country. 1978: Two Soviet cosmonauts carried out the first ever refuelling in outer space of Salyut engines. 1986: Liechtenstein's women voted for the first time in parliamentary elections. 1986: Oscar Arias Sanchez won Costa Rica's presidential election. 1989: South African President P W Botha resigned as leader of the ruling all-white National Party. 1994: Venezuelan elder statesman Rafael Caldera was sworn in as president. 1998: In the Philippines, a Cebu Pacific Air DC-9 crashed into a mountainside 65km northeast of Cagayan de Oro airport, killing all 104 on board. 1999: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was sworn in following victory in the December 6 election.