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1756 British soldiers were imprisoned in the 'Black Hole of Calcutta.'

1819 The US 320-ton Savannah became the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.

1837 Queen Victoria, aged 18, ascended to the throne on the death of William IV.

1887 Britain's longest railway bridge, over the River Tay, opened.

1909 * Errol Flynn, Tasmanian-born actor who starred in the Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).

1934 * Wendy Craig, English actress who starred in the TV series Butterflies.

1949 * Lionel Richie, US singer and songwriter who had the hit song 'Say You, Say Me' (1985).

1953 * Cyndi Lauper, US singer who recorded the song 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'.

1963 The White House and the Kremlin agreed to set up the 'hot line'.

1965 Police in Algiers broke up demonstrations by people who had taken to the streets chanting slogans in support of deposed President Ben Bella.

1969 The discovery of high-grade oil deposits in the North Sea were announced.

1976 Hundreds of Western tourists are evacuated from Beirut and taken to safety in Syria by the US military, following the murder of the US ambassador.

1984 Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph announced The biggest exam shake-up for over 10 years with O-Level and CSE exams to be replaced by a new exam. General Certificate for Secondary Education.

1990 British Chancellor John Major proposed a new European currency which would circulate alongside existing national currencies. The Conservative Government was sceptical about full monetary union.

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