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1623 * Blaise Pascal, French mathematician who invented the first calculating machines.

1846 The first official game of baseball was played at Elysia Fields, Hoboken.

1862 Congress abolished slavery in the US territories.

1906 * Ernest Chain, British biochemist born in Berlin who helped purify penicillin.

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 company.

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 destructive activities.

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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