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1525: Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns.
1625: Charles I marries French princess Henrietta Maria at Canterbury cathedral.
1665: English fleet beats the Dutch at the Battle of Lowestoft.
1707: Hungary declares itself independent under Ferenc Rákóczi II.
1792: Louis XVI dismisses the French government.
1865: Birth of Irish poet W B Yeats.
1893: Birth of novelist Dorothy L. Sayers in Oxford.
1896 : Harry Vardon wins the first of six British Open golf titles.
1908: Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in Round 8 for the heavyweight boxing title.
1917: The deadliest German air raid on London during World War I is carried out by Gotha G bombers and results in 162 deaths including 46 children.
1920: The US Post Office says children cannot not be sent by parcel post (after various instances).
1924: Gaston Doumergue is elected as the first protestant French president.
1933: The German Gestapo is established by Hermann Goering.
1935: James J Braddock beats Max Baer in 15 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.
1946: King Umberto II of Italy abdicates.
1951: UN armed forces reach Pyongyang, Korea.
1953: Ben Hogan wins his fourth US Open golf title.
1955: A Mercedes racing car crashes at Le Mans, killing 77 people.
1956: The first European Cup final is played at the Parc des Princes in Paris between Real Madrid and French side Stade de Rheims. Real Madrid win 4-3. The referee was Britain’s Arthur Ellis who was later to find fame in television’s “It’s A Knockout”. On the same day, the last British troops leave the Suez Canal Zone in Egypt.
1963: Singles chart:
- From Me To You – The Beatles
- I Like It – Gerry and the Pacemakers
- Do You Want To Know A Secret – Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas
- When Will You Say I Love You – Billy Fury
- Scarlett O’Hara – Jet Harris and Tony Meehan
- Lucky Lips – Cliff Richard
- If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody – Freddie and the Dreamers
- Take These Chains From My Heart – Ray Charles
- Deck Of Cards – Wink Martindale
- In Dreams – Roy Orbison
1964: Session drummer Jimmy Nicol’s last day as a temporary Beatle. Ringo Starr rejoined the band in Australia the following day after having his tonsils removed.
1965: Album chart:
- The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
- Bringing it All Back Home – Bob Dylan
- Beatles For Sale – The Beatles
- Mary Poppins – Original Soundtrack
- The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan
- Animal Tracks – The Aninals
- Hit Maker – Burt Bacharach
- What’s Bin Did And What’s Bin Hid – Donovan
- Rolling Stones No2 – The Rolling Stones
- Girl Happy – Elvis Presley
1967: The UN Security Council rejects Soviet demands for an immediate vote to condemn Israel’s aggression in the six-day war.
1969: The Rolling Stones hold a photo call in Hyde Park to introduce new guitarist Mick Taylor.
1971: In defiance of a government ban, members of the Orange Order march through the mainly Catholic town of Dungiven, in Northern Ireland causing a riot.
1972: Clyde McPhatter, original lead vocalist with The Drifters, dies of a heart attack in New York.
1976: Sue Barker claims her lone major tennis singles title, beating Renáta Tomanová of Czechoslovakia 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 to win the French Open.
1977: Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray is recaptured after escaping from prison.
1978: Israeli troops complete their withdrawal from southern Lebanon handing over many of their positions to a right-wing Christian movement.
1980: The UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela.
1981: 17-year-old Marcus Serjeant fires a replica gun at the Queen as she rides on horseback past crowds in London.
1982: Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud becomes King of Saudi Arabia after the death of his half brother King Khalid aged 69.
1983: NASA’s Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system.
1986: Death of legendary bandleader Benny Goodman aged 77.
1991: A spectator is killed by lightning at the US Open Golf tournament.
1994: A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.
1996: Guernsey votes to legalise abortion after 86 years.
1997: Jurors in the Oklahoma City bombing trial sentence Timothy McVeigh to death.
1998: Creator of Andy Capp, cartoonist Reg Smythe, dies aged 80.
2000: Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. On the same day, South Korean President Kim Dae Jung meets leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang.
2003: The Arctic Monkeys make their live debut at The Grapes pub in Sheffield. On the same day, Sting is awarded a CBE, Gerry Marsden an MBE and David Gilmour a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
2005: Pop star Michael Jackson is found not guilty of all charges after a four-month-long child abuse trial.
2006: Former Irish Taoiseach, Charles Haughey, dies aged 80.
2008: A Chicago jury acquits R. Kelly of all 14 charges of child pornography against him.
2017: Anita Pallenberg, the model and actress best known for her relationships with Brian Jones, then Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, dies aged 73. On the same day, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee and denies secretly meeting with representatives of the Russian government.
2018: Volkswagen is fined €1billion by German prosecutors over the diesel emissions scandal. On the same day, legendary Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana died peacefully at his home age 87 and the Spanish Football Association sacks coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the opening of the World Cup after he agreed to manage Real Madrid .
2019: Deposed president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, is charged with corruption.
BIRTHDAYS: Malcolm McDowell, actor, 78; Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary General, 77; Dennis Locorriere, singer/guitarist (Dr Hook) 72; Stellan Skarsgård, actor, 70; Tim Allen (Timothy Alan Dick), actor/comedian, 68; Alan Hansen, former footballer, 66; Kathy Burke, actress/director, 57; David Gray, singer-songwriter, 53; Rivers Cuomo, singer-songwriter (Weezer) 51; Steve-O (Stephen Gilchrist Glover), stunt performer, 47; Kym Marsh, actress/singer, 40; Chris Evans, actor, 40; Kat Dennings (Katherine Litwack), actress, 35; Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, former child actors, 35; Aaron Taylor-Johnson, actor, 31.