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1581 Francis Drake returned to England having circumnavigated the world in the Golden Hind.

1905 Earthquake in Kangra, India, killed more than 20,000.

1915 * Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), US blues singer who recorded 'Rollin Stone'.

1932 * Anthony Perkins, US actor who played Norman Bates in the film Psycho (1960).

1934 Cat's eye reflective studs were first used on roads near Bradford, England.

1934 * Frank Gorshin, US actor who played 'The Riddler' in the TV series Batman.

1945 The Ohrdruf death camp was liberated from Nazi occupation.

1949 The treaty establishing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was signed.

1965 * Robert Downey Jr, British film actor.

1968 US civil rights leader Martin Luther King was shot dead by James Earl Ray in Memphis.

1979 Ex President of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto hanged in Rawalpindi Central jail.

1984 The women from the main peace camp at Greenham Common in Berkshire were evicted but said it will not end their protest.

1991 The children at the centre of satanic abuse allegations in the Orkney Islands off Scotland have been reunited with their families after the case was thrown out of court.


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