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1874: The first performance of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II held in Vienna.

1908: * Bette Davis, US actress who won an Oscar for the film Dangerous (1935).

1916: * Gregory Peck, US actor who won an Oscar for the film To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).

1929: * Nigel Hawthorne, English actor best known for the TV series Yes, Minister.

1946: * Jane Asher, English actress who made her first film, Mandy at age five.

1955: A frail Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister handing over to Anthony Eden.

1960: The film, Ben Hur won a record 10 Oscars.

1970 West Germany's kidnapped ambassador to Guatemala was shot dead.

1971 Canadian Fran Phipps became the first woman to reach the North Pole.

1982: The British task-force sailed from Southampton for the Falkland Islands.

1988: Hijackers who took control of a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet freed 25 passengers.

1999 Libya handed over two suspects in the Lockerbie, Pan Am bombing.

2001 A Dutch lorry driver has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for his part in the deaths of 58 Chinese illegal immigrants.

xxxx * = Date of birth

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