In Hong Kong 1960: About 75 teenagers competed at Mercury House to earn a slot as a disc jockey on Radio Hong Kong. The contest was organised by radio presenter Ted Thomas who encouraged the youngsters to introduce their favourite Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson songs. 1964: Ella Fitzgerald, the jazz world's 'First Lady of Song', arrived for a series of concerts at City Hall. Of the current crop of young stars, she said: 'I don't think some of these kids realise how lucky they are to make it to the top so easily.' 1971: Art was at a low point and there was a 'dearth of artistic talent' in the world, said Douglas Cooper, a visiting expert on 20th-century art and a friend of Pablo Picasso. He praised the colony, but added 'one doesn't come to Hong Kong expecting to find art'. 1975: Scottish entertainers Jack and Tom Alexander, famous the world over as the Alexander Brothers, arrived in Hong Kong for a number of shows. Around the world 1849: Prussia suggested German union without Austria. 1579: The Union of Utrecht was signed by the provinces of the Netherlands committed to carrying on resistance to Spain. It became the foundation for the state of the Netherlands. 1878: Britain's cabinet sent a fleet to Constantinople at Sultan Abdul-Hamid II's request. 1907: The first American Indian senator, Charles Curtis of Kansas, began his term of office. 1920: Holland refused to surrender Germany's former Kaiser William II to the Allies for punishment as a World War I criminal. 1931: Anna Pavlova, celebrated Russian prima ballerina, died. 1937: Seventeen communist leaders confessed in Moscow to have conspired with Leon Trotsky to undermine the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin. 1944: Norwegian painter Edvard Munch died. His best-known work is The Scream. 1960: The US Navy bathyscaphe Trieste dived to a record depth of 10,916 metres in the Pacific Ocean. 1964: The first transplant of an animal organ into a human took place at the Mississippi Medical Centre when the heart of a chimpanzee was used. The patient died soon after. 1973: US President Richard Nixon announced that accord had been reached in the Vietnam War. 1993: Iraq denied its anti-aircraft batteries fired at US warplanes and again reaffirmed a ceasefire. 1994: Gunmen, believed to be leftist guerillas, opened fire at a gathering of political rivals in northwest Colombia, killing at least 35. 1997: France's highest court ordered Maurice Papon, a former Vichy official, to stand trial for deporting Jews to death camps during World War II. 1999: Eastern African nations agreed to end sanctions imposed on Burundi after a 1996 bloodless military coup. 2000: More than a million people marched through downtown Madrid to call for peace after a car-bomb attack that was seen as a resurgence of Basque separatists' 32-year-old campaign of violence.