In Hong Kong 1960: There was a decrease in the birth rate in Hong Kong in 1959 for the first time since 1947, according to a report published by the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. The total was 104,579, a drop of 2,045. 1964: Vee Ming Shaw, the 32-year-old son of the film magnate Run Run Shaw, was released by his captors 12 days after being kidnapped in Singapore. 1969: In soccer, Cheung Chi-doy scored the only goal of the game in the 55th minute as the Hong Kong Football Association League XI defeated visiting Danish side Odense Boldklub in front of a capacity crowd of 28,500 at Hong Kong Stadium. 1971: The Government announced it had decided to recognise American university degrees held by people seeking employment in the public sector. Only degrees with specified 'grade point averages' would be accepted. Around the world 1885: British forces under General Charles Gordon reached Khartoum in Sudan, but the rebel Mahdi rejected his offer to negotiate. 1900: Piet Cronje surrendered to the British with 4,000 men at Paarderberg in the Boer War. 1945: The battle for Iwo Jima began in the Pacific in World II. 1964: Earthquakes rocked the Azores in the eastern Atlantic and ships battled high waves to evacuate people from San Jorge Island. 1965: The African nation of Gambia became independent in the British Commonwealth. 1970: Filipinos stormed the US Embassy in Manila, protesting at US military bases in the Philippines and US economic policy. 1989: The Afghan government declared a state of emergency 'to ensure peace and security' in the war-ravaged country. 1991: The IRA claimed responsibility for a bomb at London's Victoria Station which killed one person and injured at least 40. 1992: Libya produced two men accused of blowing up an American jetliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, but insisted they would never go to trial in the West. 1993: UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali rebuked a top official for suspending relief shipments to Bosnia and Sarajevo, and ordered they be resumed. 1994: Bosnian Serbs struggled with chest-high snow to try to beat a Nato deadline for pulling out their heavy guns from around Sarajevo. 1995: Fighting waned in Chechnya as a fragile truce went into its final hours with no word about the resumption of peace talks. 1996: Two car bombs exploded near Algiers, Algeria, killing 12 and wounding 35 others. 1998: Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda was charged with concealing details of a failed coup. In June, the charges were dropped. 1999: Three Greek ministers were fired after the government failed to protect Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, arrested by Turkey three days earlier at the Greek embassy in Kenya. 2000: Alabama's Supreme Court ruled that a waitress who received a lottery ticket worth US$10 million (HK$78 million) as a tip did not have to share the jackpot with her co-workers.