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1512: Death of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
1917: The German Navy torpedoes seven Dutch ships.
1941: Nazi police raid Amsterdam and round up 429 young Jews for deportation to be sent to Buchenwald and Mauthausen concentration camps.
1942: President Franklin D Roosevelt orders Gen Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse.
1944: US planes accidentally bomb the Dutch town of Nijmegen, killing around 800 civilians.
1955: Maureen Connolly, one of America’s greatest tennis players, announces her retirement from the sport after a horse riding accident. On the same day, the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sets sail.
1958: Egypt and Syria form the United Arab Republic.
1972: Five women and an army priest are killed in an IRA bomb attack on the 16th Parachute Brigade headquarters at Aldershot Barracks.
1974: Fighting breaks out around food distribution points in California as newspaper tycoon Randolph Hearst pays a $2million ransom for his kidnapped daughter Patty.
1979: St Lucia gains independence from Britain.
1980: Afghanistan declares martial law.
1983: Hindus kill 3000 Muslims in Assam, India.
1987: Pop artist Andy Warhol dies after a gall bladder operation.
- Stand By Me – Ben E King
- When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
- Down To Earth – Curiosity Killed The Cat
- Male Stripper – Man 2 Man meets Man Parrish
- I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) – George Michael and Aretha Franklin
- Heartache – Pepsi and Shirley
- Running In The Family – Level 42
- Live It Up – Mental As Anything
- Crush On You – The Jets
- Coming Around Again – Carly Simon
- The Phantom Of The Opera – Original Cast
- The Very Best Of – Hot Chocolate
- Graceland – Paul Simon
- August – Eric Clapton
- Silk And Steel – Five Star
- Picture Book – Simply Red
- Live Magic – Queen
- Different Light – The Bangles
- Give Me A Reason – Luther Vandross
- The Final Countdown – Europe
1991: US President George Bush gives Iraq until 1700 GMT tomorrow to pull out of Kuwait or face the full force of the allies.
1995: Steve Fossett completes the first air balloon journey over the Pacific Ocean.
1997: A sheep named Dolly is cloned by scientists in Edinburgh.
2006: At least six men stage Britain’s biggest ever robbery, stealing £53m from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
2009: Heath Ledger posthumously wins the Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor, for his performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight”.
2010: Johnny Marr is described as “ecstatic” after getting back a 1964 Gibson SG guitar which had been stolen in 2000 after a gig at the Scala nightclub in Kings Cross, London.
2011: An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people.
2014: Viktor Yanukovych is ousted as President of Ukraine following the Euromaidan revolution.
2016: Country singer-songwriter Sonny James dies in Nashville aged 87.
2019: Actor Jussie Smollett I suspended from US TV show “Empire” after it is revealed that the actor made false claims about a racist and homophobic attack.
BIRTHDAYS: Dame Sheila Hancock, actress, 89; John Radford, footballer, 74; Dame Julie (Julia) Walters, actress, 72; Nigel Planer, actor, 69; Sparko (John Sparks), bassist (Dr Feelgood) 69; Kyle MachLachlan, actor, 63; Rachel Dratch, actress/writer/comedian, 56; Jeri Ryan (Zimmerman), actress, 54; Thomas Jane (Elliott), actor, 53; Brian Laudrup, footballer/manager, 53; Shaka Hislop, goalkeeper, 53; Scott Phillips, drummer, (Creed) 49; James Blunt (Blount) singer-songwriter, 48; Chris Moyles, broadcaster, 48; Drew Barrymore. actress, 47; Jenny Front, singer (Atomic Kitten) 44; Iliza Shlesinger, comedian, 39; Branislav Ivanović, footballer, 38; Pablo Fornals, footballer, 26.