1564 * Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and mathematician.
1874 * Sir Ernest Shackleton, British Antarctic explorer.
1882 The first ever shipment of frozen meat was sent from New
Zealand to Britain.
1898 USS Maine blew up in Havana harbour, sparking off the
1929 * Graham Hill, British world motor racing champion and winner
of the Indianapolis 500.
1942 British forces in Singapore surrendered to the Japanese, seven
days after enemy troops first stormed the island.
1944 The allied bombing of the Monte Cassino monastery in southern
1951 * Jane Seymour, English actress who was in the James Bond film
Live and Let Die (1973).
1952 King George VI was buried at St George's Chapel on his Windsor
1961 At least 73 people were killed when a Boeing 707 jet airliner
crashed at Berg, near Brussels airport.
1965 The Maple Leaf Flag officially became the new national flag of
1965 American singer and musician Nat King Cole died.
1971 Britain went decimal. Out went old pennies and half crowns, in
came the "New Pence".
1974 The search in the Arctic Ocean for the missing British trawler
the Gaul and its 36-man crew was called off.
1974 The battle for the Golan Heights between Israeli and Syrian
1981 An English Football League match was played on a Sunday for the
1989 After a 10 year occupation, more than 100,000 Soviet troops
withdrew from Afghanistan.
2003 Millions of protesters around the world demonstrated against
the threat of a U.S. war on Iraq.
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