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1703 * John Wesley, English evangelist who initiated the Methodist societies.

1823 Charles Macintosh patented the waterproof clothe used in making raincoats.

1882 * Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer.

1885 The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.

1928 Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman.

1928 * James Brown, US singer known as the 'godfather of soul'.

1946 * Barry Manilow, US singer who had a hit with the song 'Mandy' (1975).

1964 On a tour of Europe and sponsored by the Japanese Government and exhibitors, the first purpose-built floating trade fair 'the Sakura Maru' docked at Tilbury in London with 22,000 samples of Japanese goods on board.

1970 Edwin Land patented his Polaroid camera.

1972 5 men arrested at the Watergate complex attempting to bug Democratic Party officials.

1974 A bomb exploded at the Houses of Parliament, causing extensive damage and injuring 11 people. The explosion is thought to have fractured a gas main and a fierce fire spread quickly through the centuries-old hall in one of Britain's most closely-guarded buildings.

1980 RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire, and the disused RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire, were announced by Secretary of State for Defence Francis Pym, as the locations for the first 160 US nuclear missiles
to be based on British soil.

1989 France celebrated the 100th birthday of the Eiffel Tower.

2001 Released from hospital only three days ago apparently good health. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland Cardinal Thomas Winning aged 76 died suddenly at his Glasgow home.

2002 Australian scientists announced that they had "teleported" a laser beamóbreaking it up and reconstructing it in another location.

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