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1603 Queen Elizabeth I died at age 69 after ruling England for more than 40 years.

1877 The University Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge ended in a dead heat.

1882 Robert Koch announced the discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus.

1901 * Ub Iwerks, US cartoon animator who helped create Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse.

1909 * Tommy Trinder, English comedian and popular radio comedian during the 40's and 50's.

1911 Denmark abolished capital punishment.

1922 The Grand National at Aintree saw only 3 horses out of 32 starters finish the race.

1930 * Steve McQueen, US film actor who starred in the film, The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).

1947 * Archie Gemmill, Scottish international soccer player.

1949 Laurence Olivier's 'Hamlet' became the first British film to win an Oscar.

1958 Rock-n-roll star Elvis Presley joined the US army for two years.

1976 Isabel Perón was deposed as President of Argentina after a bloodless coup.

1989 In one of worst oil spills in recent history, the tanker, Exxon Valdez, ran aground and released 240,000 barrels of oil into Prince William Sound.

1999 NATO begins launching air strikes in an attempt to force Serbia to cease hostilities against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

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