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1860 First pony express service began.

1882 Outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back by Bob Ford, one of his own gang members, for a $10,000 reward.

1922 Joseph Stalin appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party.

1924 * Marlon Brando, US actor who won an Oscar for the film The Godfather (1972).

1924 * Doris Day, US actress who starred in the film Pillow Talk (1959).

1930 Ras Tafari became Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

1930 * Helmut Kohl, West German chancellor from 1982.

1936 Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.

1947 BUPA, the private medical care service was founded in Britain.

1954 Oxford won the 100th Boat Race in rough conditions on the River Thames.

1960 The USA launched the world's first weather satellite, Tiros I.

1961 * Eddie Murphy, US black comedian who starred in the film Trading Places (1983).

1981 Mobs of black and white youths went on the rampage in Brixton, London.

1987 The late Duchess of Windsor's jewellery has been sold for 31m ($50m) - six times the expected figure.

1996 Police in the US arrested a man they believe to be the notorious "Unabomber".

2000 A US federal judge ruled that Microsoft Corp. violated the nation's antitrust laws by using its monopoly power in personal computer operating systems to stifle competition.

2000 A controversial plan to give asylum seekers vouchers instead of cash came into force.

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