1521 Martin Luther was excommunicated by the diet at Worms.
1790 Benjamin Franklin, US diplomat, who signed the Declaration of
Independence, died in Philadelphia.
1894 * Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, former leader of the USSR.
1895 The Sino-Japanese War ended with the signing of the Treaty of
1929 * James Last, Dutch band leader, composer and arranger.
1946 * Clare Francis, English yachtswoman who in 1976 crossed the
Atlantic in 29 days.
1951 A massive air and sea search for the HM Submarine Affray is
under away after it went missing earlier today.
1951 * Olivia Hussey, English actress who starred in Romeo and
1956 Harold MacMillan's Budget speech introduced Premium Bonds to
1961 Reports from Cuba say an invasion force has landed on the
island to try to overthrow the country's leader, Fidel Castro.
1964 Geraldine Mock became the first woman to fly solo around the
1969 A 21-year-old woman, Bernadette Devlin, was voted in as
Britain's youngest ever female MP and the country's third youngest
1969 Sirhan Sirhan was convicted for the murder of Robert F.
1975 Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, ending the five year
1982 Queen Elizabeth II signed an act transferring the sovereignty
1984 A policewoman WPC Yvonne Fletcher, was killed after shots were
fired from the Libyan People's Bureau in central London.
1986 El Al security at Heathrow, London foil an attempt to smuggle a
bomb aboard an airliner.
1999 A bomb explosion in south London injured at least 45 people.
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