1685 King Charles II died.
1804 Joseph Priestley, British chemist, died. His work on the
isolation of gases led him to discover oxygen in 1774.
1865 General Robert E. Lee became chief of the Confederate Armies.
1899 The Spanish-American War ended with a peace treaty between
Spain and the United States.
1911 * Ronald Reagan, US film actor who became the 40th US
1920 * Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-born actress who appeared in Moulin
1922 * Patrick McNee, Scottish actor who starred in the TV series
1928 A 35 year-old woman claimed to be Anastasia, daughter of the
murdered Tsar of Russia.
1935 The popular board game Monopoly went on sale for the first
1943 * Gayle Hunnicut, US film actress.
1952 His Majesty, King George VI, died peacefully in his sleep at
Sandringham House, aged 56. Princess Elizabeth became Queen
Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
1958 Seven Manchester United soccer players died in a plane crash at
1959 Indira Ghandi became the leader of India's Congress Party.
1971 Astronaut Alan B. Shepard hit three golf balls on the moon.
1983 War criminal and former Gestapo commandant, Klaus Barbie,
arrived in France to stand trial for
crimes committed 37 years ago.
1989 Sky satellite television began broadcasting in Britain.
1991 Debis from the Soviet space station 'Salyut 7' fell into the
Atlantic as it broke up.
2001 The leader of the right-wing Likud party, Ariel Sharon, won a
landslide victory to become the new prime minister of Israel.
2005 Tony Blair became the Labour Party's longest-serving prime
xxxx * = Date of birth
Looking For Something Special? - Try Searching Here
If you find a problem with any information or I have missed out any
significant historical events.
Please email me and I will update the page ASAP.