1521 Martin Luther's writings were banned by the Edict of Worms.
1805 Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy in Milan
1865 General Smith (Confederate Army) surrendered in Texas to end
the American Civil War.
1868 President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment
charges of "high crimes and misdemeanours" by one vote.
1886 * Al Jolson, (Asa Yoelson), US singer and entertainer.
1907 * John Wayne (Marion Morrison), US actor known as the 'Duke'
for playing the tough hero.
1913 * Peter Cushing, English actor who starred in many horror
1920 * Peggy Lee (Norma Egstrom), US singer, songwriter and actress.
1923 The first Le Mans 24 hour race took place and was won by two
1950 Long queues appeared at garages this evening and motorists tore
their ration books into confetti after an end to petrol rationing
1972 State-owned travel firm Thomas Cook and Son was sold to a
consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.
1975 Evel Knievel, US stuntman, suffered serious spinal injuries
performing a stunt in Britain.
1998 Emperor Akihito of Japan spoke of his "pain" over the suffering
inflicted by his country during World War II, but war veterans feel
he has not gone far enough.
1999 Jill Dando (37), one of the best known figures in British
television was shot dead on the doorstep of her London home.
2000 The Hezbollah leader was greeted by thousands of supporters
during a victory rally to celebrate the Israeli withdrawal from
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