1940 – Nazi Germany invades and occupies the Belgian capital, Brussels, during World War II. The German occupation of Belgium during World War II began on May 28, 1940, when the Belgian army surrendered to German forces and lasted until the liberation of Belgium by Western Allies between September 1944 and February 1945. It was the second time in less than thirty years that Germany had invaded Belgium.
1969 – During the Soviet space program, Venus 6 begins its descent into the Venus atmosphere, sending atmospheric data before being depressed. It had a dry mass of 1200 kg orbit. Venus 6 stayed in the atmosphere for 127 days. Following a maneuver of the middle course, on March 16, the Venera 6 probe was launched on May 17, 1969, 25,000 kilometers, from the planet.
1971 – Born in Buenos Aires, Queen Maxima. Maxima is the wife of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. On April 30, 2013, she became the first Queen’s wife in the Netherlands since Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont (Queen’s wife from 1879 to 1890) and the first consort of the Queen of Argentine origin in Dutch history. She is considered one of the most beloved characters in this country.
1983 – Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement to withdraw Israel from Lebanon. He called for the withdrawal of the Israeli army from Beirut and provided a framework for establishing normal bilateral relations between the two countries. Lebanon continued to be under Israeli and Syrian military occupation during its talks.
1987 – During the Iran-Iraq War, an Iraqi Dassault Mirage F1 fires two rockets at the US Navy’s USS Stark, killing 37 crew members and injuring 21 others. The USS Stark was part of the Middle East Task Force assigned to patrol the shores of Saudi Arabia near the Iran-Iraq War exclusion border.
1992 – Three days of popular protests against the government of Thai Prime Minister Suchinda Kraprayoon begin in Bangkok, leading to a military coup that results in 52 officially confirmed deaths, hundreds injured, many disappearances, and more than 4,000 arrests. Many of those arrested are suspected of being tortured. Kraprayoon is considered the most corrupt Thai leader.
2013 – Jorge Rafael Videla dies at the age of 87. Videla was a senior commander in the Argentine Army and dictator of Argentina from 1976 to 1981. He came to power in a coup that toppled Isabel Peron. In 1985, two years after the return of a representative democratic government, he was prosecuted in the junta court for human rights abuses and crimes against humanity that occurred under his rule.