1783 England proclaimed the formal end to the hostilities with the
1789 George Washington and John Adams are elected the president and
vice president of the United States.
1861 Delegates from six southern states met at Montgomery, Ala., to
form the Confederate States of America.
1881 * Fernand Léger, French Cubist painter who worked both in Paris
and New York.
1902 * Captain Charles Lindberg, US pioneer aviator, first to fly
solo across the Atlantic.
1920 * Norman Wisdom, English comedy actor who specialized in
1927 A new land speed record was set, when Malcolm Campbell reached
174mph in his car "Bluebird", in
1938 Adolf Hitler assumed command of the German army.
1945 Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met at the Yalta Conference.
1948 Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) became independent from the United
1948 * Alice Cooper, US rock singer whose hits include 'Welcome to
1962 The Sunday Times produced the first British colour supplement.
1971 Rolls Royce were made bankrupt after a disastrous contract to
supply aero engines to Lockheed
1974 Eleven people were killed in a bomb blast on a bus travelling
to an army base in North Yorkshire.
1976 Benjamin Britten, British composer, died.
1976 An earthquake in Guatemala killed 23,000 people.
1987 Dennis Connor's US yachting crew won back the America's Cup
2003 The country of Yugoslavia disappeared, to be replaced by the
loose federation of Serbia and Montenegro.
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