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1578 * William Harvey, English physician who explained the circulation of the blood in the body.

1909 The first double-decker buses in Britain began running in Widnes, Cheshire.

1932 * Debbie Reynolds, US film actress who starred in Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964).

1933 The Nazi persecution of Jews began in Germany with a boycott of Jewish businesses.

1938 * Ali MacGraw, US actress who starred in the film Love Story (1970).

1945 American forces landed on Okinawa during World WW2.

1957 * David Gower, former England cricketer and captain of England.

1960 The first U.S. weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched from Cape Canaveral.

1979 Ayatollah Khomeni declared Iran an Islamic republic.

1983 Tens of thousands of peace demonstrators formed a human chain stretching 14 miles across what the protesters call "Nuclear Valley" in Berkshire a southern English county.

1984 US singer Marvin Gaye shot dead by his father on the eve of his 45th birthday.

1990 The longest prison riot in British history began at Strangeways Prison, Manchester.

1999 78 year old Anthony Sawoniuk of Belarus became the first person to be convicted of Nazi war crimes by a British court.

1999 A legally-binding minimum rate of pay has been introduced in Britain for the first time.

2001 Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic arrested on corruption charges.


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