1627 * Robert Boyle, physicist and chemist.
1759 * Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet.
1857 * Lord Lonsdale (Henry Cecil Lowther), the man who gave boxing
its official rules.
1915 Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated the transcontinental
1917 The US purchased the Virgin Islands for 25 million dollars.
1922 * Raymond Baxter, BBC radio and television presenter.
1924 The first Winter Olympic games opened at Chamonix, France.
1971 Idi Amin deposed Milton Obote to become President of Uganda.
1972 The Worlds first kidney and pancreatic tissue transplant was
carried out in London.
1981 The Social Democratic Party (SDP) was formed by 4 ex-members of
the British Labour Party.
1984 The government announced a ban on union membership at GCHQ.
1990 At least 39 people, some of them children, died in the worst
weather to hit England and Wales
since the 1987 hurricane.
1990 1990 The American film actress, Ava Gardener, died in London.
1998 During a historic visit to Cuba Pope John Paul II demanded the
release of political prisoners.
1999 Colombia suffered the worst earthquake in South America of the
20th century killing 1000 people
and leaving 200,000 homeless.
1999 Six members of the International Olympic Committee faced
expulsion following an inquiry into a
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