1606 Guy Fawkes, a co-conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot, was
1797 * Franz Schubert was born in Vienna.
1885 * Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina of the Imperial Ballet
1865 The House of Representatives approved the Thirteenth Amendment
to the Constitution, which
abolished slavery in the United States.
1865 Robert E. Lee was appointed commander-in-chief of the
1867 The four bronze lions at the base of Nelsons Column were
1903 * The reverend Lord Donald Soper, British Methodist minister
and brilliant orator.
1921 * Mario Lanza (Alfredo Cocozza) US tenor and film actor.
1928 3M began marketing their clear Scotch tape.
1929 Leon Trotsky was exiled by Stalin and found asylum in Mexico.
1951 * Phil Collins, English musician and actor and member of the
rock group Genesis.
1953 A car ferry "Princess Victoria" sank in the Irish Sea in one of
the worst gales of the winter,
claiming the lives of up to 130 passengers and crew.
1958 Explorer I launched at Cape Canaveral, the first US Earth
1961 A chimpanzee named Ham, sent into space in a rocket by the
United States has been recovered alive
1968 The Island of Mauritius became independent of Britain.
1968 The American command in Vietnam reported over 5,000 people dead
after two days' intensive
1983 The wearing of seat belts in cars became compulsory in Britain.
1990 The first McDonald's opened in Russia.
1994 German based BMW bought Rover cars from British Aerospace for
1996 In Sri Lanka, a lorry carrying heavy explosives crashed into a
bank in Colombo bank killing more
than 50 people.
2000 Britain's most prolific convicted serial killer family GP Dr
Harold Shipman was jailed for life.
2000: Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Baset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi
was given a 20 year prison sentence
for his role in the bombing of the Pan Am 103 Flight which crashed
in the Scottish town of Lockerbie on
December 21st 1988.
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