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1868 * Captain Robert Falcon Scott, English naval officer and Antarctic explorer.

1934 US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was established to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the securities markets.

1844 George Williams founded the YMCA at 72 St. Paul's Churchyard, London.

1944 D-Day. Thousands of Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans.

1948 * Robert Englund, US actor who starred in the Nightmare on Elm Street films.

1949 George Orwell's novel 1984 was published, telling of a world ruled by Big Brother.

1956 * Bjorn Borg, Swedish tennis player and 5-times Wimbledon champion.

1957 * Mike Gatting, Middlesex and England cricket captain.

1966 Black civil rights activist James Meredith, the first black man to brave the colour bar at the University of Mississippi, was shot in the back and legs while on a civil rights march.

1975 British voters supported the UK's continued membership of the EEC by a large majority in a nationwide referendum.

1982 Israel invaded Lebanon to drive out the Palestine Liberation Organization.

1984 Almost 300 people were killed as Indian troops storm the Sikhs' holiest temple the Golden Temple in Amritsar, held by Sikh militants.

1994 Six detainee asylum seekers held in an Oxfordshire immigration centre make their escape after a rooftop protest.

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