Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

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.