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11th April

1775 * James Parkinson, English physician who discovered Parkinson's disease (1817).

1814 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated from France and was banished to the island of Elba.

1819 * Sir Charles Hallé, German-born British pianist who settled in Manchester.

1929 Popeye made his first appearance in a cartoon strip in Hearst's New York newspapers.

1932 * Joel Grey (Joel Katz), US actor and singer who starred in the film Cabaret (1966).

1937 * Jill Gascoigne, English television actress.

1951 US President Truman appointed General Ridgway as supreme commander of the UN forces in Korea after shocking the American public by dismissing General Macarthur.

1957 Singapore was granted self-government by Britain.

1961 Nazi Adolf Eichmann's trial began in Jerusalem after being caught by Israelis in Argentina.

1979 Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was overthrown.

1981 President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House after he was shot in an assassination attempt.

1981 The arrest of a black man leads to hundreds of youths rampaging through the streets of Brixton in south London.

1990 Customs officers in Middlesbrough said they seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.

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