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1824 Beethoven's 9th Symphony premiered in Vienna.

1833 * Johannes Brahms, German composer and pianist of Concerto No. 1 in D Minor (1957).

1888 George Eastman patented his Kodak box camera.

1901 * Gary Cooper, US actor who won an Oscar for the film High Noon (1952).

1909 * Edward Land, US physicist and inventor of the Polaroid camera and process (1947).

1915 A German submarine torpedoed the liner Lusitania killing 1400 people off the Irish coast.

1919 * Maria Eve Duarte Perón, 'Evita', legendary Argentinean political leader.

1945 Germany signed an unconditional surrender finally ending six years of war in Europe. The Germans surrendered to Generals Montgomery and Bedell Smith at Rheims.

1956 The Health Minister, RH Turton, rejected calls for a government campaign against smoking, saying that no ill-effects have been proven.

1960 Leonid Brezhnev became head of the USSR.

1965 White voters in the African colony of Rhodesia supported Prime Minister Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front which was demanding independence from the UK.

1976 Italy's worst ever earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale killed more than 550 people and left 80,000 homeless.

1994 Edvard Munch's painting, The Scream was recovered a few months after it had been stolen.

1999 During action against Yugoslavia, NATO jets mistakenly bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three and injuring 20.

2000 Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as Russia’s president.

2001 To protect Exmoor from infection, more than 1,000 cattle on two farms near Exmoor were slaughtered, even though they show no sign of foot-and-mouth disease.

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