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8th June

0632 The Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, in Mecca, died.

1932 * Raymond Illingworth, English cricketer who played for Yorkshire and Lancashire.

1934 * Millicent Martin, English singer and actress.

1937 * Joan Rivers, US comedienne and TV talk-show host.

1940 * Nancy Sinatra, US singer, who recorded 'These Boots Are Made for Walking' in 1966.

1942 Japanese bombers made Australia their target attacking Sydney and Newcastle.

1963 Dr Stephen Ward, a London osteopath and friend of Christine Keeler, was arrested and charged with living on immoral earnings.

1968 James Earl Ray, wanted for the murder of Martin Luther King, was arrested in London.

1969 Spain closed the frontier with Gibraltar to try and cripple its economy.

1978 New Zealand born Devonshire yachtswoman Naomi James broke the solo round-the-world sailing record by two days in her 53 ft yacht Express Crusader.

1982 President Reagan became the first American president to address a joint session of Britainís Parliament.

1982 Up to fifty British servicemen were killed in an Argentine air attack on two supply ships in the Falklands. Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram were anchored at Bluff Cove when they were hit by missiles in a surprise raid by five Argentine Skyhawks.

1999 Liar Liar! Ex-cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken was jailed for 18 months after admitting he lied during a libel action.

2001 Tony Blair and his Labour Party won a second term in power, overwhelming the opposition at the general election.

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