1811 The original Siamese twins Chang and Eng were born of Chinese
parents in Siam.
1812 British Prime Minister Spencer Percival was shot dead by J.
1888 * Irving Berlin (Israel Baline), Russian-born US composer and
1912 * Phil Silvers, US comedian who starred on TV as Sergeant Bilko.
1927 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
1935 * Doug McClure, US film actor.
1944 * George Lucas, US film producer of the Star Wars movies.
1949 Siam changed its name to Thailand.
1956 Colonial Secretary Alan Lennox-Boyd announced that the Gold
Coast was to become the first black African nation to be granted
independence from Britain.
1960 Israeli agents captured Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
1963 A British businessman Greville Wynne aged 44, accused of spying
for the West was sentenced to eight years' detention by a Moscow
1971 The Daily Sketch newspaper Britain's oldest tabloid which was
founded in 1909, has been published for the last time.
1981 Reggae performer Bob Marley died of cancer in Miami at the age
1985 A fire at the Bradford City soccer ground killed 40 people and
1997 IBM computer Deeper Blue defeated World Champion Chess player
1998 The Indian government announced that it had carried out a
series of underground nuclear tests in a controversial move which
shocked the world.
2003 91% of Lithuanian voters opted to join the European Union—the
first former Soviet nation to do so.
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