1546 Martin Luther, German leader of the Protestant Reformation,
1564 Michelangelo Buonarotti, Italian painter, sculptor, and
1678 Pilgrim's Progress, written by John Bunyan was published.
1861 Victor Emmanuel was proclaimed King of a united Italy.
1876 The first direct telegraph link from Britain to New Zealand was
1898 * Enzo Ferrari, legendary Italian sports car builder and motor
1911 The first official airmail sent from Allahabad to Nainin
Junction in India by Henri Pecquet.
1930 Clyde Tombaugh discovered the planet Pluto at the Lowell
Observatory in the US.
1933 * Bobby Robson, former England soccer manager.
1949 * Cybill Shepherd, US actress best known for her role in the TV
1953 The first 3-D movie, Bwana Devil, opened in New York.
1954 * John Travolta, US film star who starred in the film Saturday
Night Fever (1977).
1965 The Gambia became an independent country within the
1967 Robert Oppenheimer, the American inventor of the atomic bomb,
1969 Hundreds of people clamoured to see the marriage of pop stars
Lulu and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in St James' Church in
1981 In a major U-turn, Mrs Thatcher's Conservative Government
withdrew plans to close 23 pits.
2005 Hunting with dogs in England and Wales became illegal as the
"Hunting ban" came into force.
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