In Hong Kong 1963: Transistor radios and other musical instruments would soon be banned on Hong Kong beaches if a proposal by the Hon G M Tingle, chairman of the Urban Council, was adopted. 1966: New Zealand amateur deerstalkers claimed the country was guilty of unethical trade practice by selling deer antlers for use as a sex stimulant in the Orient. 1970: Ratna Sari Dewi, the Japanese-born third wife of the late President Sukarno of Indonesia, arrived in Hong Kong with her daughter, Kartika Sari. Wang Lau-chiu, a well-known scriptwriter, died after overdosing on sleeping pills. He was 42. 1980: The government announced it would spend $2 billion over the next five years to ensure beaches were kept clean. The programme included new and improved sewage treatment facilities. Around the world 1806: The Holy Roman Empire ends as Francis II resigns the Imperial Dignity and becomes Francis I, Emperor of Austria. 1828: Mehmet Ali, ruler of Egypt, agrees to British demands to quit Greece. 1840: Louis Napoleon attempts an uprising at Boulogne in France. He is later sentenced to life imprisonment. 1896: The French parliament votes for the annexation of Madagascar, a protectorate since the year before. 1914: Serbia and Montenegro declare war on Germany. 1926: The first movies with sound premiere in New York. 1973: A mistaken attack by US bombers on the Cambodian town of Neak Long kills and wounds hundreds. 1990: The African National Congress agrees to halt the violent campaign in South Africa by its armed wing, Spear of the Nation. 1990: The UN Security Council imposes an economic embargo on Iraq for invading Kuwait and Saudi Arabia's King Fahd gives the US permission to deploy military forces on Saudi soil. 1991: Yugoslavia's presidency proclaims an unconditional cease-fire in Croatia. 1992: The United States grants full diplomatic recognition to Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. 1995: The United States opens an embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. 1996: Chechen rebels storm central Grozny despite fire from Russian forces backed by jets and helicopter gunships. 1997: Cambodian lawmakers endorse bloody coup of strongman Hun Sen by voting in a new co-premier to replace Prince Norodom Ranariddh. 1998: The World Bank approves a US$1.5 billion loan to Russia as part of a US$22.6 billion emergency rescue package. 1999: After 14-months of deliberating, the US Senate confirms Richard Holbrooke as UN ambassador, filling a post that stood vacant through military con flicts in the Balkans and the Persian Gulf. 2000: About 1,400 Lithuanians identify themselves to the government as former KGB agents and informers. The former Soviet Union ruled Lithuania from World War II through 1991.