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3rd June

1808 * Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America.

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 space.

1972 Soldiers dispersed crowds as a Protestant march against "no-go" areas in Londonderry turned into a violent battle at Craigavon Bridge.

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 pro-democracy demonstrations.

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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