1775 The United States Army was founded.
1777 The US Congress adopted the 'Stars and Stripes' as the official
1919 * Sam Wannamaker, US actor, director and producer.
1928 * Che Guevara, legendary Cuban revolutionary born in Argentina.
1940 German troops entered Paris, France and the Swastika flew from
the Eiffel Tower.
1951 The first commercial computer, Univac I, was unveiled.
1961 The Ministry of Transport announced that because of the rising
number of accidents on uncontrolled zebra crossings, a new type of
crossing the 'Panda' with push button controls for pedestrians is
being introduced next year.
1961 * Boy George (George O'Dowd), English singer and member of the
pop group Culture Club.
1964 South African ANC leader Nelson Mandela sentenced to life
1969 * Steffi Graf, German tennis champion who, aged 19, won
1972 Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers face flight delays and
cancellations as pilots threaten to strike over hijack fears.
1982 Margaret Thatcher the prime minister announced that a ceasefire
between British and Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands has
been agreed after Argentinean troops surrendered to the British
1991 In fear of their lives, more than a thousand Kurds besiege a US
military base near the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk, pleading with
American troops not to withdraw.
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