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5th February

1788 * Sir Robert Peel, the first commoner to be British Prime Minister.

1811 After George III was declared insane, the Prince of Wales became Prince Regent of England, and later George IV.

1816 Rossini's The Barber of Seville was first performed in Rome.

1917 Mexico adopted its present constitution.

1920 The RAF College at Cranwell was founded.

1920 * Frank Muir, English humorous writer and broadcaster.

1922 The first 'Readers Digest' appeared on the shelves.

1945 * Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae writer and performer who recorded 'No Woman No Cry'.

1946 * Charlotte Rampling, English film actress.

1953 After 10 years, sweet rationing came to an end in Britain.

1971 The US Apollo 14 under commander Alan Shepard landed on the Moon.

1974 The 19-year-old daughter of the millionaire American publisher, Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped from her home in California.

1982 Independent British airline Laker Airways collapsed with debts of £270 million.

1983 An unknown symphony by a 9 year-old Mozart was discovered in Odense, Denmark

1994 A mortar bomb explodeed in the main market square in Sarajevo killing 68 and wounding 200 people.

1994 A US paraglider landed on the roof of Buckingham Palace.

1997 Under international pressure, three of Switzerland’s biggest banks created a fund worth 100 million Swiss francs for Holocaust victims and their families.

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