1452 * Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, architect,
musician and scientist.
1926 * David Coleman, English radio and television commentator.
1936 * Carol Burnett, US comedienne.
1937 German bombers bombed the civilian population in Guernica
during the Spanish Civil War.
1938 * Duane Eddy, US rock guitarist best known for his hit 'Peter
1962 The American moon rocket Ranger IV landed on the far side of
the moon but unfortunately failed to send back pictures due a
1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined to form Tanzania.
1975 Labour party members voted by almost 2-1 to leave the EEC,
underlining the deep divisions over the issue of Europe.
1975 Portugal held its first free election for more than 50 years
with a victory for Mario Saores.
1986 The world's worst nuclear accident occurred at Chernobyl, near
1993 The government announced 'the recession is over' after new
figures show growth in the economy for the first time in over two
1994 South Africa allowed the black population the vote for the
first time in national elections.
2000 The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, witnessed nine people being
caught attempting to illegally enter the UK as he inspected
immigration procedures in Dover.
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