1875 The first performance of Bizet's Carmen staged at the Opera
1847 * Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish inventor of the telephone.
1879 Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood became the first woman lawyer to
appear before the US Supreme Court.
1911 * Jean Harlow, platinum blonde US actress who starred in Dinner
at Eight (1934).
1918 Germany, Austria, and Russia signed the Treaty of
1918 * Peter O'Sullivan, Irish-born horse racing commentator.
1931 The US Congress adopted the "Star Spangled Banner" as the US
1933 The world première of the film King Kong was held in New York.
1958 * Miranda Richardson, English television and film actress.
1974 A Turkish Airlines DC10 flight from Paris to London crashed
killing 344 people aboard.
1982 The Queen opened the new £153m Barbican Arts Centre in the City
1985 After a year, miners' leaders voted to end the longest-running
industrial dispute in the UK.
1987 Danny Kaye, the American comedian, actor and film star, died.
1995 British police were to be issued stab proof vests.
2000 Former dictator Augusto Pinochet returned to Chile after being
detained in Britain on torture charges.
2005 US millionaire Steve Fossett became the first person to fly
solo, non-stop around the world without refuelling.
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