In Hong Kong 1966: A memorial for George Ernest Marden drew a large gathering at St John's Cathedral. Marden, who had founded the Wheelock Marden group of companies and was one of the colony's true tai pans, died at the age of 73 in Kent, England. 1972: Lilly Dache, the fashion maverick who once dressed Marlene Dietrich and Jackie Kennedy, arrived in Hong Kong. She told the press she didn't care who made the best-dressed list. The woman who bought judiciously and stuck to her own personality was the one who deserved attention, she said. 1975: The governor, Sir Murray MacLehose, opened the $21 million Tsing Yi Bridge. American entertainer Eartha Kitt, who was in town for an engagement at the Mandarin Hotel, slammed the US government in an open letter to the family of the kidnapped Patty Hearst. The letter said the ethics of the White House could be to blame for the terrorist attacks in the US. Around the world 1784: John Wesley signed the 'deed of declaration' formalising the establishment of the Wesleyan faith, or Methodism. 1825: Britain and Russia signed a treaty settling the border between Canada and Alaska, then a Russian possession. 1844: The US navy was demonstrating its new frigate Princeton on the Potomac River when one of its guns exploded, killing the secretary of state, the navy secretary and other officials. 1854: US opponents of slavery meeting at Ripon, Wisconsin, agreed to form a new political party; the Republican Party was born later in the year. 1921: Russia and Afghanistan signed a treaty of friendship providing political and financial aid for the Afghans. 1922: Britain formally declared Egypt's independence, but retained control of the Suez Canal and the country's defence. 1931: In Britain, Sir Oswald Mosley formed the 'New Party' dedicated to turning Parliament 'from a talk-shop into a workshop'. It later evolved into the British Union of Fascists. 1933: A day after the Reichstag burned down, Adolf Hitler persuaded German president Paul von Hindenburg to sign a decree suspending guarantees of personal liberty, freedom of speech and the press and the right of assembly. 1967: Henry Luce, American publisher, died. He was a co-founder of Time magazine and also founded Life and Fortune. 1971: The male voters of Liechtenstein defeated a referendum on giving women the vote. 1976: Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand signed a treaty of friendship and co-operation. 1986: Swedish prime minister Olof Palme was assassinated by a gunman in central Stockholm. 1991: After 42 days of the Gulf War, US and allied forces ceased fire and Iraq told its army to stop fighting. 1994: Moldova's main independence party claimed a clear victory in the country's first post-Soviet parliamentary elections. 1994: In Bosnia, Nato carried out its first ever offensive operation when it attacked four Bosnian-Serb aircraft which refused to leave a no-fly zone patrolled by Nato.