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1133 * King Henry II of England.

1770 The Boston Massacre, a pre-Revolutionary incident that grew out of anger towards British troops, occurred. Seven anti-British rioters were killed.

1850 The Menai railway bridge, linking Anglesey with the rest of Wales, was opened.

1856 Covent Garden Theatre in London, Britain was destroyed by fire.

1908 * Rex Harrison, English actor who won an Oscar for My Fair Lady (1964).

1933 In the last free elections in Germany until after World War II The Nazi Party won almost half the seats.

1936 The Spitfire made its first flight from the Eastleigh Aerodrome, Southampton.

1936 * Dean Stockwell, US film and television actor.

1946 Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron curtain speech," From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent.

1952 * Elaine Paige, English actress and singer who made her name in Lloyd Webber musicals.

1953 Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at age 73, after 29 years in power.

1956 The United States Supreme Court upheld a ban on racial segregation in state schools, colleges and universities.

1958 * Andy Gibb, English-born pop musician and member of the Bee Gees.

1960 Elvis Presley was discharged from the US army after completing his service in Germany.

1966 A BOAC Boeing 707 crashed into Mount Fuji in Japan killing all 124 people on board.

1973 Sixty-eight passengers and crew died when two Spanish aircraft collide in mid-air over France.

1993 Disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson was banned from athletics for life.

1997 North and South Korean representatives met for the first time in 25 years for peace talks.

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