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
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
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
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
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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