1682 The Royal Chelsea Hospital (and site of the flower show) was
1794 The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, opened.
1819 * Sir Henry Tate, Founder of London's Tate Gallery.
1885 * Sir Malcolm Campbell, English world speed record holder.
1888 The "Blizzard of 1888" hit the East Coast of the USA killing
over 400 people.
1916 * Harold Wilson, British Labour Prime Minister from 1964-1970
1931 * Rupert Murdoch, Australian media magnate.
1942 General Douglas MacArthur left the Philippines declaring that
he would return.
1952 * Douglas Adams, English author of The Hitch-Hikers Guide to
1955 Sir Alexander Fleming the man who first discovered penicillin,
died of a heart attack.
1977 French film director Roman Polanski was charged with raping a
13-year- old girl in Hollywood.
1985 Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the USSR following death of
1988 The Bank of England pound note ceased to be legal tender.
1990 US tennis player Jennifer Capriati became youngest finalist of
a professional tournament.
1990 Augusto Pinochet of Chile, dictator since 1973, steps down.
1990 The newly elected parliament in Lithuania declared its
independence from the Soviet Union.
2004 Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility when 191 were killed and at
least 1,800 people were injured as bombs destroyed 3 Madrid train
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