1759 * William Thornton, US architect of the Capitol building,
1867 Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for the Royal Albert
Hall in London.
1895 Income tax was declared unconstitutional in the US.
1908 * James Stewart, US actor who won an Oscar for The Philadelphia
1927 Charles Lindbergh began the first solo non-stop transatlantic
flight, departing from Long Island aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis.
1932 Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first
woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
1944 * Joe Cocker, English singer and drummer.
1945 * Cher (Cherilyn Sakasian La Pierre), US singer, songwriter and
1956 The US dropped the first H-bomb over Bikini Atoll in the
mid-Pacific in a test.
1958 Citizens of the English town of High Wycombe witness a unique
ceremony at which the mayor is weighed in public. The annual custom
dates back to medieval times and is unique to this Buckinghamshire
1965 Britain's police are to be armed with tear gas guns and
grenades for use against dangerous criminals, the Chief Inspector of
Constabularies said that it will not be used for crowd control.
1973 Britain sends in Royal Navy ships to protect fishing boats in
the disputed Icelandic 50-mile zone. The Icelandic ambassador in
London. Niel Siguurdsson, said that he was "surprised and
disappointed" by the move.
1993 American TV comedy series Cheers ended after 275 episodes and
2000 The British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie
celebrated the birth of their fourth child, Leo.
2002 East Timor became the newest nation.
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