1788 * Lord Byron, English Liberal and romantic poet.
1879 The Zulu's massacred British troops as Isadlwana.
1901 Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 63 years (the
4th longest among
longest-reigning monarchs and the longest for queens).
1905 Russian troops fired on 120,000 protesting workers in St.
Petersburg Russia,500 workers were
1920 * Sir Alf Ramsey, England soccer manager from 1963 - 1974.
1940 * John Hurt, English actor who starred in the film The Elephant
1941 Tobruk, North Africa, was captured by Australian troops.
1944 The allied landings in Anzio, Italy, began.
1959 * Linda Blair, US actress who starred in the film The Exorcist.
1962 James Hanratty, accused of murdering physicist Michael Gregsten
in a lay-by on the A6, entered a
plea of "not guilty".
1972 The United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark joined
1974 Loyalists were expelled from the Northern Ireland Assembly.
1979 Tens of thousands of public sector workers took part in a day
of action - the biggest mass
stoppage since 1926.
1980 One of the Soviet Union's most outspoken critics, nuclear
physicist Dr Andrei Sakharov, was sent
into internal exile.
1990 President Mikhail Gorbachev made a statement on Soviet
television explaining the Soviet crackdown
on civil unrest in the republic of Azerbaijan.
1997 The U.S. Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the first
female secretary of state.
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