1841 Hong Kong was ceded to the British.
1892 The first game of basketball was played in Springfield,
1896 * George Burns, US comedian who won an Oscar for The Sunshine
1920 * Frederico Fellini, Italian film director of La Dolce Vita
1920 * DeForest Kelley, US TV actor, famous for his role as Dr.
'Bones' McKoy in Star Trek.
1934 * Tom Baker, British stage and television actor best known for
the TV series 'Dr. Who'.
1942 The Nazis formulated their "Final Solution" regarding the Jews
at the Wannsee Conference.
1944 The RAF dropped 2,300 tons of bombs on Berlin, Germany.
1961 Democrat John F Kennedy was sworn in as the youngest ever
elected president of the USA.
1964 The Beatles released their first album in the United States,
Meet the Beatles.
1981 At the age of 69 years and 349 days, President Reagan became
the oldest president to take office.
1981 52 American hostages seized from the American Embassy in Tehran
were released after 444 days in
1986 France and Britain agreed to build a tunnel under the English
1987 The Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy, Terry Waite,
disappeared in Beirut.
2001 George W. Bush sworn in as the 43rd President of the United
2002 Photographs of prisoners being held at a Guantanamo Bay in Cuba
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