1718 The machine gun was patented by London lawyer James Puckle.
1905 * Joseph Cotton, US actor who starred in Citizen Kane (1941)
with Orson Welles.
1909 * James Mason, English actor who starred in the film Odd Man
1918 The first air mail route in the U.S. was established between
New York and Washington, DC, with a stop at Philadelphia.
1935 * Edward 'Ted' Dexter, former Sussex and England cricket
1940 Nylon stockings went on sale in the US for the first time.
1941 Frank Whittle's jet-propelled Gloster aircraft made its maiden
flight from RAF Cranwell.
1953 * Mike Oldfield, English instrumentalist best known for the
album 'Tubular Bells'.
1954 The Queen and Royal Family return safely from their six-month
tour of the Commonwealth to a
rapturous welcome in London.
1957 As the arms race begins to escalate, following only two years
of development, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb over Christmas
Island in the Indian Ocean.
1988 The Soviet Union began to withdraw its estimated 115,000 troops
1993 A hostage crisis at a nursery school in Paris ends when
commandos storm the school. The children's teacher was hailed a
2001 British consumers reap the benefits of cheaper over-the-counter
medicine after a court ruling puts an end to the drug industry's
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