1775 * James Parkinson, English physician who discovered Parkinson's
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
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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