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12th June

1839 Abner Doubleday invented baseball at Cooperstown, New York, USA.

1897 * Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister from 1955-1957.

1898 Emilio Aguinaldo, head of the Philippine nationalists, proclaimed independence from Spain.

1920 * Peter Jones, English actor who narrated the TV series Hitch Hikers Guide To the Galaxy.

1928 * Vic Damone, US singer and actor who appeared in Kismet (1955).

1945 * Pat Jennings, Northern Ireland goalkeeper who appeared in over 1,000 matches.

1964 In the Rivonia trial, Nelson Mandela the 46 year old leader of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, was given a life sentence for sabotage. Seven other defendants, were also given life prison sentences

1975 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was barred from holding office for six years after she was found guilty of electoral corruption. But Mrs Gandhi rejected calls to resign announcing plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.

1979 A man-powered aircraft pedalled across the English Channel by American Bryan Allen.

1986 Derek Hatton, the controversial deputy leader of Liverpool Council, refused to attend his disciplinary hearing in London. He was thrown out of the Labour Party for belonging to the leftwing Militant faction.

1987 Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II was made the Princess Royal.

1987 Margaret Thatcher obtained her third term as British Prime Minister.

1997 The law lords decided by a 4-1 majority former Home Secretary Michael Howard acted illegally when he raised the minimum sentence imposed on the Bulger killers. The boys future now rests with the current Home Secretary, Jack Straw.

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