1985: Karen Ann Quinlan died this day from pneumonia after being in a vegetative state for more ten years; she was an important figure in the history of the right to die controversy in the United States.
1983: Brian Mulroney is chosen as party leader by Progressive Conservative delegates in the Ottawa Civic Centre. He gets 1,584 votes, while former leader Joe Clark get 1,325 votes. Mulroney is the first PC leader from Quebec since John Abbott in 1891. Mulroney is Prime Minister from 1984 to 1993.
1955: During the 24 Hours of LeMans car race in France, a car goes out of control and crashes into stands filled with spectators, killing 82 people. Spain and Mexico temporarily ban motor racing. Grand Prix races in Germany and Switzerland later that year were cancelled. A complete ban on racing in Switzerland remains to this day.