1759 The British Museum opened in London.
1790 Fletcher Christian and 8 fellow mutineers landed on Pitcairn
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
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
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
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
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