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19th January


1793 King Louis XVI, King of France was found guity of treason and sentenced to the guillotine.

1807 * Robert Edward Lee, Chief of the Confederate army in the American Civil War.

1915 German Zeppelins bombed England (Great Yarmouth) for the first time.

1915 The electric neon sign was patented in the United States by George Claude of Paris, France.

1942 Japanese forces invaded Burma.

1946 * Dolly Parton, US country singer who sang 'Jolene'.

1950 * Robert Palmer, British pop singer.

1953 Lucy Ricardo gave birth to baby Ricky on I Love Lucy. More people tuned in to watch the show than the inauguration of President Eisenhower.

1966 Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.

1966 * Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player and winner of numerous Grand Slam events.

1966 Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister of India.

1981 The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.

1988 Disabled author Writer Christopher Nolan, won the Whitbread Book of the Year.

1992 Zhelyu Zhelev became Bulgaria's first directly-elected president.

1995 An earthquake struck Kobe, Japan killing 4,000 people and leaving 275,000 homeless.


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