1882 * Leopold Stanislaw Stokowski, English-born US conductor and
1906 An earthquake in San Francisco destroyed 28,000 buildings and
450 people died.
1934 The first launderette was opened in Fort Worth, Texas.
1942 US aircraft bombed Tokyo for the first time using the aircraft
1946 * Hayley Mills, English actress and daughter of Sir John Mills.
1949 The Republic of Ireland Act came into force with the
establishment of Eire.
1953 * Rick Moranis, US film actor.
1954 * Malcolm Marshall, West Indian cricketer and fast bowler.
1955 Eminent scientist Dr Albert Einstein, who developed the theory
of relativity, died in hospital aged 76.
1956 Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco.
1960 At least 60,000 demonstrators gather in Trafalgar Square to
mark the end of the Aldermaston to London "ban the bomb" march
1968 London Bridge was sold to an American. It was rebuilt in
1978 The US Senate voted to hand over the Panama Canal to Panamanian
control on 31 Dec 1999.
1988 A retired US car worker Ukraine-born John Demjanjuk 'Ivan the
Terrible' was found guilty of Nazi war crimes.
1994 Aid officials said the ethnic violence in Rwandan capital
Kigali was spreading throughout the country.
1996 Seventeen Greek tourists and an Egyptian tour guide were killed
by gunmen in Cairo.
2002 Afghanistan’s former king, Mohammad Zahir Shah, returned after
29 years in exile.
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