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1649 King Charles I of England was beheaded.

1882 * Franklin Delano Roosevelt, lawyer, US Democrat statesman and 32nd US President.

1888 The author and artist Edward Lear died in San Remo, Italy.

1911 * Roy Eldridge, US jazz trumpeter and composer.

1913 * Percy Thrower, Popular gardener and broadcaster.

1931 * Gene Hackman, US actor who won an Oscar for The French Connection (1971).

1933 Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor by German President, von Hindenburg.

1937 * Vanessa Redgrave, English stage and film actress.

1948 Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.

1965 The state funeral of Winston Churchill took place in London.

1972 British paratroopers killed 13 people in Londonderry, known as 'Bloody Sunday'.

1979 The Iranian civilian government announced that the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini would be allowed to return.

1979 The Rhodesian white minority voted to transfer to majority rule.

2003 A US judge sentenced British-born "shoe bomber" Richard Reid to life in prison after he tried to blow up a transatlantic flight from Paris to Miami.

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