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1768 Captain Cook set sail on his first voyage on the Endeavour covering Australia.

1889 * Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky, Russian-born US engineer and inventor of the helicopter.

1913 * Richard Dimbleby, award-winning English broadcaster.

1926 * Miles Davis, legendary US jazz trumpeter and composer.

1935 American track star Jesse Owens broke three world records and tied another in a little over an hour.

1951 Guy Burgess, a British foreign office official disappeared, later found spying for Russia.

1958 * Paul Weller, English singer with the pop groups The Jam and The Style Council.

1963 Leaders of 32 African nations united and set up an organisation that gave them a united voice for the first time in African history.

1965 Muhammad Ali knocked Sonny Liston out cold in the first round, after 1 minute and 56 seconds, for the world heavyweight title.

1979 The price of milk shot up by more than 10% to 15p a pint, three times the price it was five years ago.

1979 The worst air disaster in U.S. history (excluding the Sept. 11 attacks) occurred when a DC-10 crashed at Chicago's O'Hare airport, killing over 270 people.

1982 Electronics firm, Philips introduced Laservision, a laserdisc player unit.

1982 Dozens of men were feared dead in the seas around the Falkland Islands after frigates were destroyed by the Argentineans.

1986 Bob Geldof's 'Race Against Time' had 30 million people running to raise money for Africa.

1994 The Camelot consortium won the contract to run Britain's first national lottery starting in November.

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