1547 King Henry VIII of England died and his nine-year-old son,
Edward VI, assumed the throne.
1807 London's Pall Mall area was the first street to be illuminated
by gas light.
1841 * Sir Henry Morton Stanley, explorer and journalist who was
born in Wales.
1896 Mrs Rose Lee of Chicago was the first person to be given
1912 * Jason Pollack, US abstract expressionist painter.
1935 Iceland became the first country to legalise abortion.
1936 * Alan Alda, US actor, best known for his role in the
long-running TV series M* A* S* H.
1948 * Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian ballet dancer who defected to
1953 Teenager Derek Bentley was executed at Wandsworth Prison in
London for his part in the murder of
Pc Sidney Miles.
1968 A recovery team searched for wreckage from an American Air
Force B-52 bomber armed with four
hydrogen bombs which crashed into the sea near the Arctic air base
of Thule in Greenland.
1982 Italian police rescued US Brigadier General James Dozier who
has been held hostage by the Red
Brigade for 42 days.
1984 Canadian snooker player Kirk Stevens scored a maximum 147
1986 U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded 72 seconds after lift
off, killing all seven crew members
1990 Thousands of Romanian demonstrators protested against the
interim government of Ion Iliescu.
1999 The creation of "Ununquadium" Element 114 was announced by
2003 In his second State of the Union Address, President Bush
presented case for war with Iraq.
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