1710 The British Copyright Act came into force.
1829 * William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army which began in
1841 The New York Tribune (now Herald Tribune) newspaper was first
published in the USA.
1849 The safety pin was patented in the US by Walter Hunt of New
1912 Titanic set sail on its fateful voyage.
1924 The first crossword puzzle book was published in New York.
1929 * Max von Sydow, Swedish actor who starred in the film The
1932 * Omar Sharif (Michael Shalhoub), Egyptian-born actor who
starred in Dr. Zhivago (1965).
1940 * Gloria Hunniford, Irish-born broadcaster and radio presenter.
1963 The atomic-powered submarine Thresher sank off Cape Cod.
1968 Fifty-one people died when a ferry capsizes in Wellington
harbour, New Zealand, during one of the worst storms ever to hit the
1970 Paul McCartney announced the official split of the Beatles.
1974 Israeli prime minister Golda Meir announced her resignation.
1981 Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands was elected to
Westminster as the MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone.
1998 The Northern Ireland peace talks have ended with an historic
2000 A British shop manager who was sacked for being HIV positive
was awarded thousands of pounds in compensation.
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