1629 Charles I of England dissolved Parliament and ruled alone for
1801 The first census in Britain took place.
1863 King Edward VII married Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
1848 US Congress ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending
the Mexican War.
1876 The first telephone call 'Mr Watson, come here. I want you.'
was made by Alexander Graham Bell.
1885 * Tamara Karsavina, leading Russian ballerina who partnered
Nijinsky until 1913.
1903 * Bix (Leon Bismark) Beiderbecke, US cornet player and composer
of jazz music.
1906 London Underground opened the Baker Street to Waterloo Line.
1940 * Chuck Norris, US television and film actor.
1948 The body of Jan Masaryk, Czechoslovakia's anti-Communist
foreign minister was discovered. He was reported to have committed
1952 General Fulgenico Batista regained power in Cuba after a
lightning coup d'etat.
1964 * Prince Edward, third son of Queen Elizabeth II.
1968 A New Zealand car ferry capsized in Wellington harbour,
drowning 200 people.
1969 James Earl Ray was jailed for 99 years for killing Martin
1973 The British governor Sir Richard Sharples, and his assistant
were assassinated in Bermuda.
1988 Prince Charles narrowly avoided death on the ski slopes of
Switzerland in an avalanche.
1990 A court in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, sentenced the Observer
journalist Farzad Bazoft to death.
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