1781 * George Stephenson, English locomotive designer who designed
the Rocket locomotive.
1870 Author Charles Dickens died.
1893 * Cole Porter, US composer and lyricist who wrote the hit
musical Kiss Me Kate (1948).
1898 Great Britain took a 99 year lease on Hong Kong from China.
1908 King Edward VI visited Tsar Nicholas II aboard the Royal Yacht
on the Baltic Sea.
1933 John Logie Baird demonstrated higher definition TV, 120
picture-lines instead of 30.
1934 Donald Duck made his screen debut in The Wise Little Hen.
1958 The Queen opened an extended airport at Gatwick, south of
London, which was modernised at a cost of £7m. Gatwick Airports Ltd
began operating in May 1936 with a scheduled service to Paris.
1959 The US launched the first nuclear submarine equipped with
1961 * Michael J. Fox, US actor who starred in the Back To the
1963 * Johnny Depp, US actor who starred in the film Edward
1975 The first live transmission from the House of Commons was
broadcast by BBC Radio and commercial stations. Commentary was
provided by BBC political editor David Holmes and Edmund Boyle, from
Independent Radio News.
1983 Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party won a landslide second
term election victory, taking 397 seats to Labour's 209.
1993 Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito married commoner Masako Owada.
1995 Andrew Richards was imprisoned for life for the attempted rape
of another man in the first case of its kind in Britain.
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