1876 Alexander Graham Bell patented the first telephone capable of
1875 * Maurice Ravel, French composer of "Bolero".
1912 Frenchman Henri Seimet became the first aviator to fly non-stop
from Paris to London.
1917 The world's first jazz record, 'The Dixie Jazz Band One-step'
1918 The Bolsheviks changed their name to the Russian Communist
1930 * Lord Snowdon, former husband of Princess Margaret.
1936 Adolf Hitler broke the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno
Pact when he ordered troops to march into the Rhineland.
1945 In the first incursion into Germany by Allied forces US troops
crossed the bridge at Remagen.
1952 * Viv Richards, West Indian cricketer.
1958 * Rik Mayall, English alternative comedian who starred in the
TV series The Young Ones.
1960 * Ivan Lendl, Czech-born tennis player and winner of numerous
Grand Slam events.
1962 A report by the Royal College of Physician's highlighted the
dangers of smoking.
1965 American marines landed in South Vietnam.
1969 Golda Meir has been elected as the first female prime minister
1975 The body of kidnapped Lesley Whittle, the 17-year-old
Shropshire heiress was found.
1989 Iran broke off diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman
Rushdie's novel Satanic Verses.
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