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29th January

1820 King George III of Britain died at Windsor Castle, aged 81.

1861 Kansas became the 34th US state.

1843 * William McKinley, 25th US President during the Spanish-American War.

1879 * W.C. Fields, US comedian who would not act with children or animals.

1886 Karl Benz received a patent for the first successful petrol engine car.

1916 British military tanks had their first trials in Hertfordshire.

1941 * Tom Selleck, US actor, best known for his role in the TV series Magnum.

1942 The first broadcast of BBC radios' programme Desert Island Discs.

1950 * Jody Sheckter, South African, Formula 1 world motor racing champion in 1979 for Ferrari.

1966 The government published a bill, permitting random breath tests.

1978 Environmentally damaging aerosol sprays were banned in Sweden.

1987 Corazon Aquino, president of the Philippines put down a rebellion against her government in Manila.

1985 Oxford University snubbed Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by refusing her an honorary degree.

1996 French President Jacques Chirac said France will no longer test nuclear weapons after uproar over Pacific tests.

2003 Solicitor Sally Clark was cleared by the Court of Appeal of murdering her two sons after serving more than three years of a life sentence.

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