1647 The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place
in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.
1703 St. Petersburg was founded by Czar Peter the Great.
1837 * James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickock, US frontiersman and
1900 Belgium became the first country to elect a government by
1911 * Vincent Price, US actor of many horror movies.
1922 * Christopher Lee, English actor who starred in many horror
1936 The Queen Mary liner sailed on her maiden voyage from
Southampton to New York.
1937 The 4200ft Golden Gate Suspension Bridge in San Francisco
1941 The German battleship The Bismark was sunk by aircraft from HMS
1943 * Cilla Black (Priscilla White), singer and presenter of TV
1955 The Conservatives won the general election with a clear
majority, ending a five-year political stalemate.
1963 Jomo Kenyatta is to become prime minister after his party,
Kenya African Nation Union, won the country's first general
1964 Jawaharlal Nehru, the founder of modern India and its current
prime minister, dies suddenly at the age of 74.
1980 The jury at the inquest of Blair Peach, the London teacher who
died in a demonstration last year, returned a verdict of
1994: Dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn flew back to his
native Russia after 20 years living in exile.
1994 Nobel-prize winning dissident, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn returned
to Russia after 20 years in exile.
1996 After a year and a half of bloodshed, Russian President Boris
Yeltsin met with the leader of the Chechen rebels and negotiated a
1999 Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the International War Crimes
Tribunal at the Hague for crimes against humanity.
2000 Scottish farmers who accidentally planted genetically modified
seeds say they will fight for compensation. The product came from
Canada and about 500 farmers across the UK are thought to have used
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