1732: * Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer, considered the best
of his age.
1811: * Robert Willhelm Bunsen, German physicist and chemist who
invented the Bunsen burner.
1836: Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers appeared as a part-monthly
1889: The 985ft. Eiffel Tower costing £260,000 was opened by the
French Premier Tirard.
1935: * Richard Chamberlain, US actor who established himself in the
TV series Dr. Kildare.
1943: * Christopher Walken, US film actor.
1959: The Dalai Lama fled Tibet following Chinese repression, and
sought asylum in India.
1978: Red Rum won the Grand National for the third consecutive year
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