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9th January

1735 * John Jervis, British Admiral who defeated the Spanish fleet off Cape St. Vincent.

1799 Income Tax introduced by the British Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger.

1898 Dame Gracie Fields, English singer.

1905 The Russian Revolution of 1905 was sparked by troops firing on petitioners to Czar Nicholas in St. Petersburg.

1917 * Herbert Lom, born in Prague and star of the Pink Panther films.

1919 Richard Nixon became the first US President to resign while in office due to Watergate.

1941 * Susannah York, English film actress.

1960 Work began on the Aswan High Dam, on the Nile in Egypt.

1964 Anti-American rioting broke out in the Panama Canal Zone.

1957 Sir Anthony Eden resigned as prime minister of Britain due to ill health.

1968 Surveyor 7, the last of America's unmanned lunar probes, landed on the Moon.

1969 The first flight of Concorde, Britain's supersonic plane at Bristol.

1972 British miners strike for pay causing nationwide power cuts.

1972 The liner, Queen Elizabeth caught fire and sank in Hong Kong harbour.

1986 Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine quit his Cabinet job after a row with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the Westland helicopter affair.

1992 Britain's most senior policewoman Alison Halford was suspended over allegations of misconduct.

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