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1741 The British Royal Military Academy was established at Woolwich.

1742 The first performance of Handel's Messiah was performed in Dublin, Ireland.

1743 * Thomas Jefferson, third US President and founder of the Democratic Party.

1912 The British Royal Flying Corps was founded.

1919 * Howard Keel, US singer and actor who starred in many Hollywood musicals.

1937 * Edward Fox, English actor who starred in the film Day of the Jackal.

1963 * Gary Kasparov, Russian chess player who became world champion in 1985.

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 Cambridge.

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 election.

1997 Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first of African descent to win a major golf title.



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