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1170: Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, is assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral.
1778: British troops occupy Savannah, Georgia.
1809: Birth of Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone in Liverpool.
1813: The British burn Buffalo, New York, during War of 1812.
1835: The Treaty of New Echota is signed between the US government and representatives of a minority Cherokee political faction to cede all lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
1845: Texas is admitted as the 28th state of the Union.
1857: Franz Liszt’s symphonic poem “Die Hunnenschlacht” premieres in Weimar.
1860: HMS Warrior, Britain’s first iron-clad warship, is launched.
1862: Invention of the bowling ball.
1890: The US 7th Cavalry massacres more than 200 captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
1902: “The Entertainer” is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted by Scott Joplin.
1903: French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad and Ubangi-Shari.
1911 Sun Yat-sen is elected as the first President of the Republic of China. On the same day, Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty.
1916: Grigori Rasputin, advisor to Tsar Nicholas II is assassinated aged 47 by conservative Russian aristocrats.
1937: The constitution of Ireland is enacted and the Irish free state is named Eire.
1940: Over 10,000 bombs including the first incendiary bombs are dropped on London.
1948:The US State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit.
1962: Graham Hill wins the South African Grand Prix at Prince George Circuit in a BRM to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.
1966: Working at Abbey Road studios, Paul McCartney begins work on his new song Penny Lane, recording six takes of piano.
1967: Guitarist and singer Dave Mason quits Traffic over differences with Steve Winwood.
1968: Album chart:
- The Beatles (White Album) – The Beatles
- Best Of – The Seekers
- Beggars Banquet – Rolling Stones
- Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
- The Graduate – Simon and Garfunkel
- Greatest Hits – Thee Hollies
- The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – Original Soundtrack
- I Pretend – Des O’Connor
- Live At The Talk Of The Town – Tom Jones
- Help Yourself – Tom Jones
1970: Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller wins the Ballon d’Or.
1972: President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O Bradaigh is arrested and held under new legislation in the Republic of Ireland.
1975: Radical new legislation introducing a woman’s right to equal pay and status comes into force in the UK.
1980: Singer-songwriter Tim Hardin dies of a heroin overdose.
1981: Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wins the Ballon d’Or.
1986: Lord Stockton, the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, dies aged 92.
1989: Vaclav Havel is selected to be president of Czechoslovakia by the country’s Federal Assembly. On the same day, riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
1993: Former ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ child actor Todd Bridges is arrested for transporting methamphetamine.
1998: Six die as storms batter competitors in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
2000: Arctic conditions wreak havoc on British roads, rail and air services.
2002: Singles chart:
- Sound Of The Underground – Girls Aloud
- Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum) – The Cheeky Girls
- Sacred Trust – One True Voice
- Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Blue ft Elton John
- Lose Yourself – Eminem
- If You’re Not The One – Daniel Bedingfield
- You’re A Superstar – Love Inc
- The Ketchup Song – Las Ketchup
- Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
- Feel – Robbie Williams
2003: Comedian and game show host Bob Monkhouse dies from cancer aged 74.
2007: Radio 1 DJ Kevin Greening dies aged 44 from a heart attack after taking large quantities of cocaine, ecstacy and GHB.
2008: Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard dies aged 69.
2012: Former England cricket captain, Tony Grieg, dies aged 66.
2013: Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher suffers a serious head injury in a ski accident in the French Alps.
2016: US President Barack Obama retaliates against Russia for hacking American computer systems and trying to influence the 2016 presidential election by ejecting 35 Russian spies and imposing sanctions.
2019: Musician/songwriter Neil Innes dies aged 75.
BIRTHDAYS: Bernard Cribbins, actor, 92; Jon Voight, actor, 82; Harvey Smith, showjumper, 82; Marianne Faithfull, singer-songwriter, 74; Ted Danson, actor, 73; Yvonne Elliman, singer, 69; Patricia Clarkson, actress, 61; Jim Reid, singer-songwriter, (The Jesus and Mary Chain) 59; Mark Day, guitarist, (The Happy Mondays) 59; Martin Offiah MBE, rugby league winger, 54; Jennifer Ehle, actress, 51; Aled Jones, singer/broadcaster, 50; Jude (David) Law, actor, 48; Mekhi Phifer, actor, 46; Danny McBride, actor/writer, 44; Kieron Dyer, footballer, 42; Alison Brie (Schermerhorn), actress, 38; Danny Wagner, drummer (Greta van Fleet) 22.