1710 * Thomas Arne, Composer of operas and "Rule Britannia".
1917 The official Soviet newspaper "Izvesti" was founded.
1912 The Girl Guides were founded in the US by Juliet Gordon Low.
1918 Moscow was designated the capital of Russia.
1921 * Dr. Giovanni Agnelli, chairman of Italian car manufacturer,
1928 * Edward Albee, US playwright who wrote Who's Afraid of
Virginia Woolf? (1962).
1930 Mahatma Gandhi began his 300 mile march in protest at British
1935 The speed limit of 30mph was introduced in British towns and
built up areas.
1940 * Al Jarreau, US singer and songwriter.
1941 Hebrides islanders hid "acquired" thousands of bottles of
Whiskey from a shipwreck.
1946 * Liza Minnelli, US actress and daughter of Judy Garland and
1964 The president of the powerful American Teamsters union was
sentenced to eight years on bribery charges.
1968 Mauritius, in the Indian ocean island, gained independence
after 158 years of British rule.
1969 Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman, a US photographer.
1993 At least 250 people died and 1000 were injured when 13 bombs
exploded in Bombay.
1994 The Church of England ordained women priests for the first time
in 460 years.
1999 One of the 20th century's finest musicians violinist Yehudi
Menuhin died, aged 82.
2003 The prime minister of Serbia and Montenegro, Zoran Djindjic,
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