1777 * Henry Clay, US statesman and orator and a founder of the
1861 American Civil War began when the Confederate Army besieged
Fort Sumter in Carolina.
1941 * Bobby Moore, English soccer player who captained England in
the World Cup (1966).
1945 President Franklin Roosevelt died.
1950 * David Cassidy, US television actor.
1954 Bill Haley and the Comets recorded the song 'Rock Around the
1956 * Andy Garcia, US film actor.
1961 USSR put the first man into space, Yuri Gagarin, in Vostok 1
for a single orbit of Earth.
1975 The US admitted defeat in Cambodia and removed its remaining
embassy personnel from the capital, Phnom Penh.
1981 The US space shuttle Columbia was launched from Cape Canaveral.
1984 Arthur Scargill, leader of the British miners' union the NUM,
vetoed a national ballot to take place on whether to stop the
1999 Arkansas federal judge Susan Webber Wright found President
Clinton in contempt of court for lying about his relationship with
2000 The Queen presented the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) with
the George Cross, the highest civilian award for bravery.
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