1775 The American War of Independence began at Lexington,
1824 Lord Byron died of a fever while helping the Greeks fight the
1882 Naturalist Charles Darwin, developer of the theory of
1903 * Eliot Ness, famous US government agent who fought US Mafia
1933 * Jayne Mansfield (Vera Jane Palmer), US actress who made her
name on Broadway.
1935 * Dudley Moore, English actor who starred in the film Arthur
1946 * Tim Curry, English actor who starred in The Rocky Horror
Picture Show (1975).
1956 Prince Rainier of Monaco married his dream princess, film star
1961 US backed Cuban exiles invaded their former homeland at the Bay
1972 The British army were largely exonerated of blame for 'Bloody
Sunday' which led to the deaths of 14 civilians in Northern Ireland.
1993 The siege at Waco, Texas, ended when FBI moved into the Branch
Davidian compound with tear gas and cult members set fire to the
compound killing over 80 people.
1995 A 1000 lb car bomb exploded outside the Oklahoma City Federal
building killing 200.
2001 The world's biggest pharmaceutical companies backed out of a
landmark court battle over cheap anti-Aids drugs.
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