1689 William of Orange ascended to the British throne.
1866 The "James" gang that included Jesse James and Cole Younger
committed their first bank robbery in Liberty.
1867 Johann Strauss's Blue Danube waltz premiered in Vienna.
1917 Mata Hari was arrested by the French for spying for the
1933 * Kim Novak, glamorous US film actress who appeared in the film
1934 * George Segal, US film actor who starred in Who's Afraid of
Virginia Woolf? (1966).
1935 Bruno Hauptmann was found guilty of murder in the Lindbergh
1938 * Oliver Reed, English film actor who starred in Oliver (1968).
1945 1,400 RAF and 450 US Air Force planes bombed Dresden, Germany
over a 14-hour period.
1950 * Peter Gabriel, English pop musician who was leader of the pop
group Genesis until 1975.
1960 France exploded its first atomic bomb.
1974 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who won the 1970 Nobel Prize for
literature, was deported from the Soviet Union.
1978 Tomorrow's World presenter Anna Ford was officially announced
as ITN's first female newsreader.
1990 US heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson lost to James 'Buster' Douglas
in Tokyo, Japan.
1991 A US missile hit an air-raid shelter in Baghdad, Iraq, killing
2001 A man Stephen Kelly, 33, went on trial in Glasgow for knowingly
infecting a woman with the HIV virus.
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