1820 * Florence Nightingale, famous English hospital reformer.
1870 The London Swimming Association drafted the rules of Water
1870 Manitoba became a province of Canada.
1912 The British liner Lusitania became the victim of a German
submarine attack with the loss of 1000 lives.
1935 Alcoholics Anonymous founded by William Wilson in Akron, Ohio
1937 Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in
1942 * Susan Hampshire, English film actress who appeared in the TV
series The Forsyth Saga.
1943 Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.
1945 * Alan Ball, former international England soccer player.
1949 The Soviet blockade that prompted the Berlin airlift was ended.
1951 The first H-bomb tests were carried out at Eniwetok Atoll in the
1962 * Emilio Estevez, US film actor.
1971 The Rolling Stones singer, Mick Jagger, married his fiancée
Bianca Perez Morena de Macias.
1981 Francis Hughes became the second IRA protester to starve
himself to death in the Maze Prison in a Republican campaign for
political status to be granted to IRA prisoners.
1994 The Labour leader John Smith died in a London hospital after
two serious heart attacks.
2000 Ford workers at its Dagenham plant reacted with shock and anger
at the news that after 70 years car production was to be transferred
to Germany and Spain, with the loss of 3,000 jobs.
2003 L. Paul Bremer took over as civil administrator of Iraq.
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