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Today in History

On this day in 1979, American Bryan Allen pedaled his way across the English Channel in a human-powered aircraft to win a US$185,000 prize. 
On this day in 1979, Mohammed Ali Khoguir, charge d'affaires of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in the Republic of China, presented US$100,000 to National Chung Hsing University to establish a graduate school of Arabic. 
On this day in 1987, Britain's Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher, who in 1979 became the first woman ever to hold the office of British prime minister, was elected for the third time. She served in the post for over 11-and-a-half years, longer than any other British prime minister in the 20th century.