1741 The British Royal Military Academy was established at Woolwich.
1742 The first performance of Handel's Messiah was performed in
1743 * Thomas Jefferson, third US President and founder of the
1912 The British Royal Flying Corps was founded.
1919 * Howard Keel, US singer and actor who starred in many
1937 * Edward Fox, English actor who starred in the film Day of the
1963 * Gary Kasparov, Russian chess player who became world champion
1964 Sydney Poitier became the first black actor to receive an
Oscar, for Lilies in the Field.
1999 US doctor Jack Kevorkian, advocator of euthanasia, was
sentenced to a minimum of 10 years for helping 130 people to die.
1970 Apollo 13 'Houston, we've got a problem,' when an oxygen tank
burst on the way to the Moon.
1975 Civil War began in Lebanon when gunmen killed 4 Christian
Phalangists who retaliated by killing 27 Palestinians.
1975 UK Police believe a woman attacked in the early hours of Sunday
morning was the sixth victim of a serial rapist operating in
1989 At least six Palestinians were killed in an early morning raid
by Israeli soldiers on an Arab village on the West Bank.
1992 Neil Kinnock resigned as Labour Party leader blaming the
Conservative-backed press for his party's defeat at the general
1997 Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters
Tournament and the first of African descent to win a major golf
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