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1547: The English demand that Edward VI, aged 10, marry Mary, Queen of Scots (5).
1659: Birth of English composer Henry Purcell in Westminster.
1823: Simon Bolivar is named President of Peru.
1838: Hector Berlioz’s opera “Benvenuto Cellini” premieres in Paris.
1863: George Bizet’s opera “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” premieres in Paris.
1894: London taxi driver George Smith is the first to be fined for drunk driving.
1897: A sheriff’s posse kills 20 unarmed immigrant miners in Lattimer, Pennsylvania.
1898: Empress Elizabeth of Austria is assassinated by Luigi Lucheni.
1910: Great Idaho Fire destroys 3 million acres of timber.
1919: China becomes a member of the League of Nations.
1923: The Irish Free state joins the League of Nations.
1926: Germany joins the League of Nations.
1931: Lord Cecil of the British government says war was never so improbable.
1933: England’s Fred Perry wins the US National Cha,pionship, beating Jack Crawford of Australia 6-3, 11-13, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1,
1939: Canada declares war on Germany.
1940: Buckingham Palace is damaged by a German bomb.
1942: British troops land on Madagascar. On the same day, the RAF drops 100,000 bombs on Dusseldorf.
1945: Norwegian leader Vidkun Quisling is sentenced to death for collaborating with the Nazis.
1951: Britain begins an economic boycott of Iran.
1960: Ethiopian Abele Bikila wins the marathon at the Rome Olympics in world record time (2:15:16.2).
1961: German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators die when his Ferrari crashes into the crowd at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The race is won by Ferrari’s other driver Phil Hill, who becomes the first American to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.
1962: The BBC bans the single ‘Monster Mash’ by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers saying it is offensive.
1963: American Express opens a credit card service in Britain. On the same day, during a chance meeting at Studio 51 Jazz Club in London, John Lennon and Paul McCartney play an unfinished song they have been writing to the Rolling Stones. I Wanna Be Your Man goes on to become the Stones’ breakthrough hit.
1966: Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in Round 12 to retain the world heavyweight boxing title
1967: Elvis Presley records the Jerry Reed song Guitar Man at RCA studio, Nashville.
1972: 1972: Three British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Dungannon, Co Tyrone. On the same day, American Frank Shorter wins the marathon at the Munich Olympics. Also, Cuban boxer Teófilo Stevenson wins the first of three consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when Munich Games opponent Ion Alexe of Romania withdraws from the final because of a broken thumb.
1973: IRA bombs are detinated at Kings Cross and Euston stations in London. On the same day, Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton.
1974: The New York Dolls split up.
1977: Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by guillotine in France.
1978: Lotus driver Ronnie Peterson is killed in a crash at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Team mate Mario Andretti’s sixth place is enough for him to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.
1983: Larry Holmes TKOs Scott Frank in Round 5 for the heavyweight boxing title. On the same day, Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-1, 6-3 for her first US Open singles title.
1985: Scotland manager Jock Stein suffers a fatal heart attack as his team draws against Wales in a World Cup qualifier at Ninian Park, Cardiff.
1988: TV presenters Mike Smith and Sarah Greene are seriously injured when a helicopter he is piloting crashes in Gloucestershire. On the same day, Steffi Graf wins her first US title and completes the Grand Slam, beating Gabriela Sabatini 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
1990: Iran agrees to resume diplomatic relations with Iraq.
2000: One British paratrooper is killed and 11 injured during a mission to rescue six hostages being held by a rebel group in the Sierra Leone jungle.
2002: Switzerland joins the United Nations.
2005: Glamour model Katie Price marries singer Peter Andre. On the same day, television presenter Kate Garraway marries former political lobbyist Derek Draper. Also, guitarist and singer Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown dies in Texas aged 81.
2006: Singles chart:
- I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters
- Sexyback – Justin Timberlake
- Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado ft Timbaland
- Rudebox – Robbie Williams
- Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira ft Wyclef Jean
- Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
- It’s Not That Easy – Lemar
- Deja Vu – Beyonce ft Jay-Z
- Never Be Lonely – The Feeling
- Ridin’ – Chamillionaire ft Krayzie Bone
- Eyes Open – Snow Patrol
- Empire – Kasabian
- B’Day – Beyonce
- Twelve Stops And Home – The Feeling
- Modern Times – Bob Dylan
- The Very Best Of Freddie Mercury Solo – Freddie Mercury
- Respect Me – Missy Elliott
- Loose – Nelly Furtado
- Black Holes And Revelations – Muse
- I’m Not Dead – Pink
2007: Pamela Anderson’s ex husbands Kid Rock and Tommy Lee get into a tussle at the MTV VMAs in Las Vegas. On the same day, actress Jane Wyman, first wife of Ronald Reagan, dies aged 90.
2008: The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.
2012: Andy Murray wins the US Open, his first Grand Slam title, beating Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2.
2015: Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson resigns in the wake of the killing of former Provisional IRA member Kevin McGuigan.
2016: Actress Anna Camp marries Pitch Perfect co-star Skylar Astin in California.
2018: California passes a law committing to carbon-free electricity sources by 2045. On the same day, South Carolina issues a mandatory evacuation order affecting one million people ahead of Hurricane Florence.
2019: US President Donald Trump fires his third national security adviser John Bolton. On the same day, Iranian woman Sahar Khodayari dies after setting herself on fire during her trial for entering a stadium disguised as a man in Tehran.
BIRTHDAYS: Roy Ayers, composer/vibraphonist, 81; Danny Hutton, singer (Three Dog Night), 79; Jose Feliciano, singer/guitarist, 76; Judy Geeson, actress, 73; Barrie Barlow, drummer (Jethro Tull) 72; Don Powell, drummer (Slade) 71; Joe Perry, guitarist (Aerosmith), 71; Amy Irving, actress, 68; Pat Mastelotto, drummer (King Crimson), 66; Johnnie Fingers (Moylett), pianist (The Boomtown Rats), 65; Carol Decker, singer (T’Pau), 64; Siobhan Fahey, singer (Bananarama/Shakespeare’s Sister), 64; Chris Columbus, director/screenwriter, 63; Colin Firth, actor, 61; Marian Keyes, author, 58; Guy Ritchie, director/screenwriter, 53; Big Daddy Kane (Antonio Hardy), rapper, 53; Ryan (Matthew) Phillippe, actor, 47; Alex Horne, comedian/writer, 43; Mikey Way, bassist (My Chemical Romance) 41; Matthew Followill, guitarist (Kings Of Leon) 37; Laurent Koscielny, footballer, 36; Matt Ritchie, footballer, 32; Jack Grealish, footballer, 26.