1765 The male fashion of wearing wigs in England came to an end.
1809 Robert Fulton patented the steamboat.
1818 The South American country of Chile proclaimed its independence
1847 * Thomas Alva Edison, US inventor of the incandescent electric
1858 Bernadette Soubrois had a vision of the Virgin Mary in a grotto
in Lourdes, France, leading to the foundation of the shrine of
1926 * Leslie Nielsen, US actor best known for his role in the TV
series Police Squad.
1929 The 109 acres of the Vatican, Rome were made an independent,
1934 * Mary Quant, English fashion designer who played a major role
in the 1960's.
1936 * Burt Reynolds, US film and television actor.
1945 Yalta Agreement signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, British
Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Josef Stalin
during World War II.
1956 Spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean who vanished in mysterious
circumstances five years ago reappeared in the Soviet Union.
1970 Japan became the fourth country to put a satellite into orbit.
1975 The Conservative party elected Margaret Thatcher as leader, the
first ever woman.
1976 Figure skater John Curry won Britain's first Olympic skating
1979 Supporters of the Ayatollah Khomeini took control of the
Iranian capital, Tehran.
1983 Police launched a mass murder investigation in London after
discovering human remains in drains. Civil servant Dennis Andrew
Nilsen, 37, was later charged with 12 murders and sentenced to six
1987 Party planner Cynthia Payne was acquitted of nine charges of
controlling prostitutes at her home in south-west London.
1990 After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was released from
Robben Island prison South Africa.
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