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7th June

1494 Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the New World between the two countries.

1654 Louis XIV was crowned king of France.

1848 * Paul Gauguin, French Post-Impressionist painter.

1917 * Dean Martin (Dino Crocetti), US singer and actor who starred with Jerry Lewis in 16 films.

1929 The Papal State was revived and the Vatican City established in Rome

1940 * Tom Jones, Welsh singer who had a No. 1 hit in 1965 with 'It's Not Unusual'..

1942 The United States comprehensively defeated the Japanese Navy sinking 14 warships in a major three-day battle over a remote military base at Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean.

1950 The first episode of the BBC radio serial The Archers was broadcast.

1960 * Prince (Rogers Nelson), US singer who produced the album Purple Rain (1984).

1977 More than one million people lined the streets of London to see the Royal Family on their way to St Paul's cathedral at the start of the Queen's silver jubilee celebrations.

1981 Israel shocks the world by destroying the Osirak nuclear plant near Baghdad the Iraqi capital for fear it would be used to make atom bombs.

1990 France, West Germany and Italy lifted a ban on British beef-on-the-bone after reaching a deal in Brussels

2000 UK prime minister Tony Blair was heckled and criticised by Women's Institute members as he gave a speech at their conference.

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