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1559 * Oliver Cromwell, Protector of England who defeated the 'Roundheads' of King Charles I.

1719 Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe was first published in London.

1915 British, Australian, and New Zealand (ANZAC) forces landed at Gallipoli.

1918 * Ella Fitzgerald, US jazz singer.

1939 * Al Pacino, US actor who made his name in the film, The Godfather (1972).

1939 * Patrick Lichfield, English photographer of the famous.

1945 UN Delegates met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

1953 Two Cambridge University scientists publicly answered 'the secret of life' one of the most fundamental questions of biology - how do living things reproduce themselves?

1956 Rocky Marciano, US world heavyweight boxing champion retired unbeaten after 49 fights.

1959 The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.

1980 A top-secret attempt by the United States to free American hostages held in terhan Iran, ended in failure, with the death of eight soldiers.

1982 Britain successfully re-established its presence in the Falkland Islands after a two-hour assault by Royal Marines on the remote island of South Georgia.

1983 In Germany, Stern magazine published extracts from the forged Hitler Diaries.

1990 The Hubble Space Telescope was launched from the US space shuttle, Discovery.

1990 Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua.

1992 Islamic forces took over most of Kabul, Afghanistan after the Soviet-controlled government collapsed.

2002 Two teenage brothers were cleared of the murder of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor.

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