1686 * Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, German physicist who invented the
1819 * Victoria, Queen of England from 1837.
1844 Samuel Morse transmitted the first message on the US telegraph
1883 Brooklyn Bridge over the East River opened.
1941 * Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman), US singer who recorded 'Blowing
in the Wind'.
1941 The German battleship Bismark sank HMS Hood off the Greenland
1946 * Priscilla Beauleiu Presley, US actress and former wife of
singer Elvis Presley.
1956 The first Eurovision Song Contest was held at Lugano,
1958 The United Press and the International News Service merged to
form United Press International (UPI).
1968 The President of France, Charles de Gaulle, issues an ultimatum
to striking students and workers.
1976 The British and French Concordes made their first commercial
1975 A group of 80 reporters and cameramen including nine Britons,
were allowed to fly out of Saigon. The city had been the
headquarters of the US military until 29 April when remaining US
forces left Vietnam.
1989 A jury at the High Court in London awarded £600,000 damages to
Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe,
against the satirical magazine Private Eye.
1999 Lawrence Dallaglio resigned as England's rugby union captain
following newspaper allegations over hard drugs.
2000 Israeli troops pulled out of Lebanon after 18 consecutive years
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