1623 * Blaise Pascal, French mathematician who invented the first
1846 The first official game of baseball was played at Elysia
1862 Congress abolished slavery in the US territories.
1906 * Ernest Chain, British biochemist born in Berlin who helped
1910 Father's day was instituted in the US by Mrs. John Bruce Dodd
of Spokane, Washington.
1954 * Kathleen Turner, US film actress.
1960 The Daimler car company was acquired by the Jaguar motor
1962 * Paula Abdul, US singer and dancer.
1970 Edward Heath became the new British prime minister after a
surprise victory for the Conservative party in the general election.
1970 Soyuz 9 landed safely to earth after a record 17 days in space.
1975 An inquest jury decided Lord Lucan murdered the 29-year-old
nanny of his three young children. The earl had not been seen since
the night Sandra Rivett died on 7 November 1974, and the jury
returned the verdict in his absence.
1977 Pope Paul VI proclaimed John Neumann, the first male saint from
the United States.
1978 British cricketing star Ian Botham became the first man in the
history of the game to score a century and take eight wickets in one
innings of a Test match.
1980 Three gunmen who attacked the British embassy in Baghdad were
shot dead by Iraqi security forces.
1982 Roberto Calvi, a senior Italian banker, was found dead 'hanged'
under Blackfriars Bridge in London more than a week after he went
missing from Milan.
1997 Fast food chain McDonalds won a partial victory in its epic
libel trial against Helen Steel and Dave Morris, who published a
leaflet accusing them of a series of unethical and environmentally
1999 Prince Edward, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II married
Sophie Rhys-Jones at St George's Chapel, Windsor.
2002 Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai was sworn in.
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