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1449 * Lorenzo de' Medici, Florentine statesman, poet and patron of the arts.

1660 Englishman Samuel Pepys began his famous diary.

1735 * Paul Revere was born.

1785: The Times newspaper was first published in Britain.

1863 * Baron Pierre de Coubertin, French founder of the modern Olympic Games.

1895 * John Edgar Hoover, US founder and head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

1914 The first scheduled airline began operating from Florida, USA.

1920 * Jerome David Salinger, reclusive US author of Catcher in the Rye (1951).

1921 Car tax discs were first introduced in Britain.

1958 The European Economic Community (EEC) came into being.

1959 Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba, overthrowing the Batista regime.

1973 The United Kingdom became a full member of the European Economic Community.

1977 Britain extended its fishing limit to 200 miles.

1978 Newspaper editor Donald Woods arrived in London after fleeing South Africa's apartheid regime.

1981 Greece became the tenth member of the EEC.

1993 Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

1995 Fred West, the Gloucestershire builder charged with 12 murders, was found dead in his prison cell.

1999 The new single European currency, the Euro, is launched in Brussels. It is adopted by 11 European countries.

2000 Billions of people around the world welcomed in the New Millennium with some of the most spectacular celebrations ever seen.

2002 Twelve of the European Union's 15 countries woke up to life with a new currency as the euro went live.

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