1756 * Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer and infant prodigy
was born in Salzburg, Austria.
1778 The valve flush toilet was patented by Joseph Bramh.
1832 * Lewis Carrol (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), author of Alice in
1880 Thomas Edison was granted a patent for his incandescent light.
1924 * Sir Brian Rix, English actor who appeared mainly in farces.
1926 John Logie Baird demonstrated television to the Royal Institute
1943 The USA made their first bombing raid on Germany.
1944 A successful Soviet offensive drove German troops from
Leningrad which has been besieged since
1945 The Russians liberated Auschwitz concentration camp, where the
Nazis had killed over 1.5 million
people, including over 1 million Jews.
1951 The U.S. Air Force started atomic testing in the Nevada desert.
1956 * Mimi Rogers, US film actress.
1967 The Apollo I fire killed astronauts Grissom, White, and Chaffee
during a simulated launch at Cape
1969 Protestant leader Ian Paisley was jailed for three months.
1973 Vietnam War peace accords were signed in Paris.
1980 Rhodesia opposition leader Robert Mugabe made a triumphant
return to his home country after five
years in exile.
1989 In Brazil, three men were charged with stealing and melting
down the World Cup.
1995 Manchester United's Eric Cantona was fined £20,000 and banned
from playing football over his kung
fu-style attack on a fan.
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