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15th January

1759 The British Museum opened in London.

1790 Fletcher Christian and 8 fellow mutineers landed on Pitcairn Island.

1890 First performance of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty by the Russian Imperial Ballet.

1912 Italian aircraft dropped the first ever propaganda leaflets during Italo-Turkish war.

1913 * Lloyd Bridges, US film actor who appeared in High Noon (1952).

1913 Sickness, unemployment and maternity benefits were introduced.

1929 * Martin Luther King, US clergyman and leader of the Negro Civil Rights Movement.

1933 * Frank Bough, English television presenter.

1943 The world's largest office building, the Pentagon, was completed.

1945 * Princess Michael of Kent.

1971 The Aswan High Dam, on the Nile in Egypt, was officially opened.

1973 President Nixon orders halt to offensive operations in North Vietnam.

1984 Tony Benn, beat off the competition to win Labour's nomination for the Chesterfield by-election.

1997 The Princess of Wales angered government ministers after calling for an international ban on landmines.

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