1808 * Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of
1865 * George V, King of Great Britain from 1910 to 1936.
1925 * Tony Curtis (Bernard Schwarz), US actor who starred in the
film Some Like It Hot (1957).
1937 The Duke of Windsor, former King of England married Wallis
Simpson, in France.
1942 US and Japanese naval forces began the Battle of Midway in the
Pacific during WWII.
1946 The first 'bikini' bathing suit, invented by Louis Reard, was
shown in Paris, France.
1950 * Suzi Quatro, US rock singer and actress.
1962 An Air France Boeing 707 crashed on take-off at Orly Airport
Paris killing all but two stewardesses.
1965 Major Edward White became the first US astronaut to walk in
1972 Soldiers dispersed crowds as a Protestant march against "no-go"
areas in Londonderry turned into a violent battle at Craigavon
1979 The world's worst oil spill occurred when an exploratory oil
well, Ixtoc 1, blew out, spilling over 140 million gallons of oil
into the Bay of Campeche off the coast of Mexico.
1982 Shlomo Argov, the Israeli ambassador to Britain, is critically
ill in hospital after being shot on a London street.
1989 Iranís Ayatollah Khomeini died.
1989 Chinese army troops head to Beijing to crush student led
1991 Acting on intelligence information, three members of the IRA
were ambushed and killed by British soldiers when they opened fire
on their car as it drove through the village of Coagh in County
Tyrone in Northern Ireland.
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