1215 The Magna Carta was sealed by King John at Runnymede, near
1843 * Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer who wrote the music for Peer
Gynt in 1876.
1844 Charles Goodyear patented his vulcanized rubber process in the
1884 * Harry Langdon, US silent film comedian.
1860 Florence Nightingale started her school for nurses at St.
Thomas Hospital, London.
1945 * Nicola Pagett, English actress.
1949 * Simon Callow, English actor who appeared in the film Amadeus
1966 The Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Mountbatten of Burma, opened the
world's first hovershow exhibition today at Browndown near Gosport
in Hampshire, with news of a Ministry of Defence order worth £1m.
1974 A march through central London leaves one person dead and many
more injured as rival demonstrators clash with police and each
1977 Adolfo Suarez won the first democratic elections in Spain for
1996 A massive bomb devastated a busy shopping area in central
Manchester. Two hundred people were injured in the attack, mostly by
flying glass. Police believe the IRA planted the device.
1996 Ella Fitzgerald, the 'first lady of song' died in Beverly
2000 The major contingent of the British military task-force sent to
help restore order in Sierra Leone left the country. The departure
of the prestigious Royal Marines was overseen by UK Deputy Prime
Minister John Prescott.
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