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1148: Crusaders abandon their siege of Damascus.
1540: Thomas Cromwell, chief minister for Henry VIII is executed for treason and heresy. On the same day, Henry VIII , 49, marries 17 year-old Catherine Howard.
1643: Oliver Cromwell defeats Royalists at the Battle of Gainsborough in Lincs.
1741: Composer Antonio Vivaldi dies aged 63.
1742: Prussia and Austria sign a peace treaty.
1750: Death of composer Johann Sebastian Bach aged 65.
1790: Henry James Pye is appointed Poet Laureate by George III.
1794: French revolutionary Maximillien Robespiere and 22 others are guillotined to thunderous cheers in Paris.
1821: Peru declares independence from Spain.
1858: First use of fingerprints as a means of identification is made by Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service.
1866: Birth of children’s author Beatrix Potter in London.
1886: The government of Lord Salisbury forms.
1887: Artist and sculptor Marcel Duchamp is born in Blainville-Crevon, France.
1900: The hamburger is created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut.
1904: Interior Minister of Russia, Vyacheslav Plehve is assassinated.
1914: The foxtrot is first danced at the New Amsterdam Roof Garden in New York. On the same day, First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, orders the British Grand Fleet to Scapa Flow and Austria-Hungary decides against mediation and declares war on Serbia – the first declaration of war of the First World War.
1915: Because of virtual anarchy, US Marines go ashore in Haiti on orders from President Woodrow Wilson. This leads to an occupation that will last for 19 years.
1917: Silent Parade of 10,000 African-Americans who march on 5th Ave in New York in a protest against lynching.
1928: The Summer Olympic Games open in Amsterdam.
1929: France beats the USA in Paris to win the Davis Cup.
1931: Mob hitman Vincent Coll allegedly participates in a kidnapping attempt that results in the death of a child, which earns him the nickname “Mad Dog”.
1932: US President Herbert Hoover uses federal troops to evict the Bonus Army of First World War veterans and their families from their encampment, resulting in four deaths.
1935: Romain Maes of Belgium wins the Tour de France.
1942: Nazis liquidate 10,000 Jews in the Minsk Ghetto, Belorus.
1943: RAF bombing over Hamburg causes a firestorm that kills 42,600 German civilians.
1945: Japanese premier Suzuki disregards a US ultimatum to surrender. On the same day, a US Army B-25 crashes in fog into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, New York, killing 14.
1954: “On the Waterfront”, directed by Elia Kazan starring Marlon Brando, is released.
1956: Gene Vincent makes his first appearance on national TV in the US on The Perry Como Show.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first national TV appearance in the US on The Steve Allen Show.
1959:The UK starts using post codes.
1962: Mariner I falls into the Atlantic Ocean.
1964: Ranger 7 is launched toward the Moon. On the same day, Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine after just 32 days of marriage.
1965: President Lyndon B Johnson commits a further 50,000 US troops to the conflict in Vietnam.
1969: Police in Moscow reported that thousands of public phone booths had been vandalised by thieves stealing parts to convert their acoustic guitars to electric after an article in a Russian youth magazine. On the same day, songwriter and composer Frank Loesser dies aged 59.
1972: National dock strike begins.
1973: The Watkins Glen outdoor summer jam was held with The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead and The Band performing to a crowd of 600,000.
1974: Singles chart:
- Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
- Born With A Smile On My Face – Stephanie de Sykes
- Band On The Run – Wings
- When Will I See You Again – The Three Degrees
- She – Charles Aznavour
- Kissin’ In The Back Row – The Drifters
- Young Girl – Gary Pucket and The Union Gap
- You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics
- Amateur Hour – Sparks
- If You Go Away – Terry Jacks
1976: An 8.3 magnitude earthquake hits China, killing hundreds of thousands.
1977: Ian Botham takes 5-74 on his test debut against Australia at Trent Bridge.
1984: The Olympic Games open in Los Angeles.
1986: NASA releases the January transcript from the doomed space shuttle Challenger where pilot Michael Smith can be heard saying, “Uh-oh!” as the spacecraft disintegrated.
1988: Paddy Ashdown is elected as the first leader of the new Social and Liberal Democrat Party. On the same day, Jordan cancels a $1.3 billion development plan in West Bank and Winnie Mandella’s home in Soweto, South Africa, is destroyed by arsonists.
1991: Spanish rider Miguel Induráin wins his first of five consecutive Tour de France titles.
1996: Marge Ganser from The Shangri-Las died of breast cancer.
- Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morrissette
- Moseley Shoals – Ocean Colour Scene
- The Smurfs Go Pop – The Smurfs
- Recurring Dream: Best of – Crowded House
- Falling Into You – Celine Dion
- (What’s The Story) Morning Glory – Oasis
- Wildest Dreams – Tina Turner
- The Score – Fugees
- 1977 – Ash
- Older – George Michael
2000: The last prisoners leave The Maze in Northern Ireland.
2004: Soul singer George Williams of The Tymes died from cancer.
2005: The IRA formally orders an end to its armed campaign. On the same day, a tornado touches down in a residential area in south Birmingham, causing £4million worth of damage.
2008: Amy Winehouse was rushed to hospital after she started to have fits at her home in Camden following a reaction to medication prescribed to wean her off hard drugs.On the same day, Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier burns down for the second time in 80 years.
2011: Meat Loaf passed out onstage at Pittsburgh’s Trib Amphitheater during an apparent asthma attack.
2014: The UN Security Council holds an emergency meeting calling for an immediate and indefinite humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
2017: Pakistan Supreme Court rules corruption accusations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are enough to remove him from office.
2019: Egan Bernal becomes first ever Colombian and Latin American winner of the Tour de France.
BIRTHDAYS: Sir Garfield Sobers, cricketer, 84; Clem Cattini, drummer (The Tornados) 83; Gerald Casale, bass/synth (Devo) 72; Simon Kirke, drummer (Free/Bad Company) 71; Steve Morse, guitarist (Deep Purple) 66; Beverley Craven, singer-songwriter, 57; Nick Banks, drummer (Pulp) 55; Afroman (Joseph Edgar Foreman) rapper, 46; Justin Lee Collins, comedian, 46; Michael Carrick, football coach, 39; Shana Swash, actress, 30.