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1475: Birth of Michelangelo in Tuscany.
1521: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan discovers Guam.
1619: Birth of French playwright Cyrano de Bergerac.
1754: Death of Prime Minister Henry Pelham.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte captures the city of Jaffa, Palestine, after a 5 day siege, defeating the Ottoman Empire.
1806: Birth of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Durham.
1836: Battle of the Alamo: After 13 days of fighting 1,500-3,000 Mexican soldiers overwhelm the Texan defenders, killing 182-257 including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crocket.
1853: Guiseppe Verdi’s Opera “La Traviata” premieres in Venice.
1857: The US Supreme Court rules Africans cannot be US citizens.
1869: Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table of the elements to the Russian Chemical Society.
1888: Death of American author Louisa May Alcott from a stroke aged 55.
1901: An assassin attempts to kill Kaiser Willhelm II in Bremen.
1904: The Japanese fleet bombards Vladivostok, the major Russian port on the Pacific.
1932: Death of composer John Philip Sousa
1944: The US Air Force begins daylight bombing of Berlin.
1945: George Missen of Iowa, US, receives a patent for the first modern trampoline.
1951: Songwriter Ivor Novello dies aged 58. On the same day, the spying trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg begins in the US.
1957: Ghana becomes independent from colonial rule.
1961: One of Britain’s most popular entertainers, George Formby, dies aged 57 after suffering a heart attack.
1962: Accrington Stanley resign from the Football League with debts approaching £60,000 and unable to find even £400 to pay the electricity, gas, water and telephone bills.
1964: Boxer Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to Muhammad Ali. On the same day, Elizabeth Taylor divorces Eddie Fisher.
1965: Death of Marx Brothers actress Margaret Dumont (Daisy Baker) aged 75.
1966: The Rolling Stones start recording Paint It Black at RCA studios in Hollywood.
1967: The Beatles record sound effects onto the song Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance were added, along with screams from a tape of a Beatles concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964. On the same day, singer and actor Nelson Eddy dies age 65 from a cerebral haemorrhage while performing on stage in Florida. Also, Muhammad Ali is ordered by selective service to be inducted into the US Army, Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Allilujeva approaches the US Embassy in New Delhi, India, and asks for political asylum and former US Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa enters Lewisburg Federal Prison. .
1970: Britain announces an indefinite ban on the importation of domestic pets following a case of rabies in Newmarket.
1972: Jack Nicklaus passes Arnold Palmer as golf’s all-time money winner. On the same day, the Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes.
1974: UK coal workers bring an end to a 16 week industrial dispute following a pay increase of over 30 per cent.
1975: Iran and Iraq announce a settlement of their border dispute.
1978: Hustler publisher Larry Flynt is shot by a sniper in Georgia. He survives but spends the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
1982: Death of author Ayn Rand.
1983: Helmut Kohl’s CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections.
1984: The 51-week long NUM strike begins in the coal industry.
1985: Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes in round one of his first professional fight.
1986: Artist Georgia O’Keeffe dies aged 98.
1987: Cross channel ferry The Herald Of Free Enterprise capsizes just after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, killing 193 people.
1988: Three IRA suspects are shot dead on Gibraltar by SAS officers.
1993: Hundreds die in clashes between the rebel Unita movement and Angolan government forces in the central town of Huambo.
1994: Singles chart:
- Without You – Mariah Carey
- The Sign – Ace Of Base
- Doop – Doop
- Breathe Again – Toni Braxton
- Renaissance – M People
- Return To Innocence – Enigma
- Rocks – Primal Scream
- The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get – Morrissey
- Let The Beat Control Your Body – 2Unlimited
- Like To Move It – Reel 2 Real ft Mad Stuntman
- Music Box – Mariah Carey
- Cross Of Changes – Enigma
- Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We – The Cranberries
- Ten Summoner’s Tales – Sting
- Debut – Bjork
- Elegant Slumming – M People
- So Close – Dina Carroll
- Tiger Bay – Saint Etienne
- Bat Of Out Hell II – Back Into Hell – Meat Loaf
- Tease Me – Chaka Demus & Pliers
1997: Picasso’s painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery. It is recovered a week later.
1998: Liam Gallagher appears handcuffed in a Brisbane court on charges of headbutting a fan during a gig in Australia.
2004: David Crosby is arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana after leaving his bag in a New York hotel.
2006: South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill into legislation that would ban most abortions in the state.
2007: Former White House aide I. Lewis Libby, Jr. is found guilty on four of five counts of perjury and obstruction of justice trial.
2010: Mark Linkous, frontman with US band Sparklehorse commits suicide by shooting himself in the heart outside a friend’s house in Knoxville, Tennessee.
2013: Guitarist and singer, Alvin Lee of the band Ten Years After dies age 68.
2014: The Crimean parliament votes unanimously to make Crimea part of Russia.
2016: Lana Rae Meisner, wife of former Eagles bassist Randy Meisner, dies after accidentally shooting herself while looking for something in a closet.
2017: US President Donald Trump signs his second executive order barring travellers from six mostly-Muslim countries for 90 days but leaves out Iraq. On the same day, Wikileaks publishes “Vault 7” CIA documents detailing its hacking and surveillance techniques and former first lady Nancy Reagan dies ages 94..
2018: American WWII aircraft carrier USS Lexington rediscovered in Australia’s Coral Sea, after being lost during 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea. On the same day, Forbes names Amazon founder Jeff Bezos the world’s richest person for the first time at $112 billion.
2020: Death of jazz pianist McCoy Tyner aged 81.
BIRTHDAYS: Jean Boht, actress, 90; Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space, 85; Dame Kiri te Kanawa (Claire Rawstron), soprano, 78; Hugh Grundy, drummer (The Zombies) 77; David Gilmour, guitarist/singer (Pink Floyd) 76; Rob Reiner, director, 75; Kiki Dee, (Pauline Matthews), singer, 75; Alan Davies, comedian/actor, 56; Connie Britton, actress, 55; Betty Boo, (Alison Clarkson), singer/songwriter, 52; Shaquille O’Neal, basketball legend, 50; Guy Garvey, singer-songwriter (Elbow) 48; Tim Howard, goalkeeper, 43; Gary Monk, football manager, 43; Chris Tomson, drummer, (Vampire Weekend), 38.