1731 Robert Jenkins's ear was cut off, sparking the War of Jenkins’s
Ear between Spain and England.
1806 * Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English engineer who built the
Clifton Suspension Bridge.
1865 General Robert Lee surrendered to General Ulysses Grant during
the American Civil War.
1914 The first full-colour film, The World, The Flesh and the Devil,
was shown in London.
1933 * Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor who starred in the film
1940 The German invasion of Norway and Denmark began.
1954 * Dennis Quaid, US film actor.
1957 * Sevériano Ballesteros, Spanish golfer who won the US Masters
1963 Winston Churchill became the first honorary US citizen.
1966 Italian actress Sophia Loren married Carlo Ponti who was still
married at the time in Italy.
1969 Sikh busmen in Wolverhampton have won the right to wear turbans
on duty after a long-running campaign.
1970 Paul McCartney issued a High Court writ dissolving the Beatles
1976 The president of the Young Liberals, Peter Hain, was acquitted
of robbing a branch of Barclays bank.
1984 About 100 pickets are arrested during violent clashes with
police outside two working coal pits in Nottinghamshire and
1992 Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted of drug
and racketeering charges.
1999 The president of Niger, Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, was shot dead
in an apparent coup attempt.
2003 American Marines pulled down Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad
after US commanders declared his rule ended.
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