Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Photo: Getty Images
1689 English Parliament adopts Bill of Rights.
1945 US war planes firebomb Dresden, killing more than 35,000 civilians.
1974 Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel prize-winning author, stripped of Soviet citizenship.
2008 Prime minister Kevin Rudd formally apologises to the Aboriginal people and the stolen generations.
2009 The government's $42 billion stimulus package passes the Senate.