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168BC: Romans under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeat and capture Macedonian King Perseus, ending the Third Macedonian War.
1377: Richard II succeeds Edward III as king of England.
1535: Cardinal John Fisher is beheaded on Tower Hill, London, for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as head of the Church of England.
1611: Explorer Henry Hudson is set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery and never seen again.
1633: Galileo Galilei is forced by the Pope to recant his Copernican views that the Earth orbits the Sun. The Vatican doesn’t admit it was wrong until 1992).
1675: The Royal Observatory at Greenwich is established by Charles II.
1745: Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Stuart) sails to Scotland.
1815: Napoleon abdicates for a second time after defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
1825: Parliament abolishes feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America.
1865: The first class cricket debut of Dr W G Grace.
1868: Arkansas re-joins the US.
1874: The game of lawn tennis is introduced.
1900: Practically the whole foreign community in Peking, including many Chinese Christians, retreat to British compounds during the Boxer Rebellion.
1911: George V is crowned King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and all his realms and territories beyond the sea.
1921: Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:40.2).
1934: On his 31st birthday, bank robber John Dillinger is named America’s first Public Enemy Number One.
1937: Joe Louis KOs James J Braddock in Round 18 for his first heavyweight boxing title.
1938: Joe Louis scores a stunning first round KO of German Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium, NYC to retain his world heavyweight boxing title.
Just how good was Joe Louis? – Watch from 1.44 for the answer.
1939: Princess Elizabeth meets future husband Philip of Greece for the first time.
1941: Germany invades the Soviet Union. On the same day, an uprising in Lithuania begins, resulting in the collapse of the Soviet occupation, but replaced with invading German forces shortly after.
1949: Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 rounds for the NBA World Heavyweight title.
1962: “A Kind of Loving” wins the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
1964: The Beatles play their first ever show in New Zealand at Wellington Town Hall. The local chief constable refuses a police escort for the band, leaving just two constables to control over 5,000 screaming fans.
1965: Fred Trueman ends his Test cricket career, v New Zealand at Lord’s.
1969: Actress and singer Judy Garland, dies of a barbiturate overdose aged 47 in London.
1970: Irish socialist, republican and Member of Parliament, Bernadette Devlin, loses her appeal against a six-month prison sentence imposed for taking part in riots in Derry.
1971: The second Glastonbury Festival begins. Held over five days, acts include Melanie, The Edgar Broughton Band, David Bowie, Pink Fairies, Family and Traffic.
1972: The IRA announces that it will call a ceasefire from June 26, provided that there is a “reciprocal response” from the security forces.
1975: The UVF try to derail a train by planting a bomb on the railway line near Co Kildare. A civilian who tries to stop them is stabbed to death.
- I’m Not In Love – 10cc
- Whispering Grass – Windsor Davies and Don Estelle
- Three Steps To Heaven – Showaddywaddy
- The Hustle – Van McCoy
- Tears On My Pillow – Johnny Nash
- Doing All Right With The Boys – Gary Glitter
- The Proud One – The Osmonds
- Disco Stomp – Hamilton Bohannon
- Listen To What The Man Said – Wings
- Misty – Ray Stevens
- Venus And Mars – Wings
- The Best Of… – The Stylistics
- Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy – Elton John
- Once Upon A Star – The Bay City Rollers
- Horizon – The Carpenters
- The Original Soundtrack – 10cc
- Take Good Care Of Yourself – The Three Degrees
- The Best Of.. – Tammy Wynette
- Greatest Hits – 10cc
- Rollin’ – The Bay City Rollers
1979: A jury clears former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe of the attempted murder of his former lover Norman Scott. On the same day, Larry Holmes TKO’s Mike Weaver in Round 12 for the world heavyweight boxing title.
1980: Germany beats Belgium, 2-1 to win the European Championship in Rome.
1981: Mark Chapman changes his plea to guilty and admits to the murder John Lennon in December 1980. On the same day, John McEnroe has his famous ‘you cannot be serious’ rant at the umpire in the first round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon.
1984: Virgin Atlantic’s first commercial flight from Gatwick to Newark.
1986: England are knocked out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage thanks to two memorable goals from Diego Maradona. The first was the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal, which he followed with one of the best individual goals ever seen.
1987: A bomb blast in a Johannesburg video-game arcade kills an unborn baby and injures ten people. On the same day, actor/dancer Fred Astaire dies aged 88.
1988: Guitarist Jesse Ed Davis dies of a heroin overdose after collapsing in a laundry room in Venice, California, aged 43.
1990: The Happy Mondays, Ry Cooder, The Cure, Deacon Blue, Julian Cope, Del Amitri and James all appear on the first day of the Glastonbury Festival. On the same day, Nelson Mandela addresses the UN Special Committee against Apartheid in New York.
1992: Two skeletons excavated in Yekaterinburg, Russia, are identified as Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra.
1996: England win a penalty shoot-out, beating Spain 4-2 on penalties at Wembley to reach the Euro 96 semi finals. On the same day, the brother of singer Diana Ross, Arthur Ross and his wife are murdered by suffocation in the basement of their rented Detroit home.
2001: The Parole Board decides that Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, the two schoolboy murderers of two-year old James Bulger in 1993 are to be released on a life licence.
2002: U2 guitarist ‘The Edge’ marries his girlfriend of ten years Morleigh Steinberg in Eze in the south of France. The couple first met when she was a belly dancer on the band’s Zoo TV tour.
2004: Paedophile and child killer Marc Dutroux is sentenced to life in prison by a Belgian court for the kidnap, rape and murder of young girls.
2011: After 16 years on the run, gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California. On the same day, James Bond acor Daniel Craig marries actress Rachel Weisz in New York.
2019: Sir Elton John is awarded France’s highest civilian award, the Legion d’Honneur.
BIRTHDAYS: Prunella Scales, actress, 89; Kris Kristofferson, singer-songwriter/actor, 85; Esther Rantzen, TV presenter, 81; Michael Lerner, actor, 80; Ralph Molina, drummer (Crazy Horse) 78; Peter Asher, record producer/manager, 77; Howard Kaylan, singer (The Turtles/The Mothers of Invention) 74; Todd Rundgren, singer-songwriter/record producer, 73; Alan Osmond, guitarist/singer/songwriter (The Osmonds), 72; Eizabeth Warren, US senator, 72; Lyndsey Wagner, actress, 72; Meryl (Mary) Streep, actress, 72; Alastair Stewart, journalist/newscaster, 69; Cyndi Lauper, singer-songwriter, 68; Green Gartside, singer-songwriter (Scritti Politti) 65; Gary Beers, bassist (INXS), 64; Kevin Bond, football manager, 64; Danny Baker, broadcaster, 64; Bruce Campbell, actor, 63; Ruby Turner, singer, 63; Jimmy Somerville, singer, 60; Bobby Gillespie, singer (Primal Scream) 57; Dan Brown, author, 57; Amy Brenneman, actress, 57; Emmanuelle Seigner (Polanski), actress, 55; Steven Page, guitar/vocals (Barenaked Ladies) 51; Mary Lynn Rajskub, actress/comedian, 50; Laila Rouass, actress, 50; Donald Faison, actor, 47; Loris Karius, goalkeeper, 28; Sébastien Haller, footballer, 27; Danny Ward, Welsh goalkeeper, 27; Rodri (Rodrigo Hernández Cascante). Footballer, 25.