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21st June

1527 Italian statesman, diplomat, and author of 'The Prince,' Niccolo Machiavelli died.

1675 Work began to rebuild St. Paul's Cathedral in London by Sir Christopher Wren.

1788 The US Constitution came into force.

1905 * Jean-Paul Sartre, French existentialist philosopher, novelist and playwright.

1921 * Jane Russell, US actress who starred in the film The Outlaw (1943).

1945 The Japanese island of Okinawa finally fell to the Americans after a long and bloody battle. It was estimated more than 90,000 Japanese troops were killed in the 82-day conflict.

1948 The first monogroove (long playing) record was unveiled by Columbia Records.

1953 * Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1988.

1968 The Egg Marketing Board should be scrapped and an independent authority established in its place, according to a report compiled by the British government-appointed Reorganisation Commission Marketing
Board, today.

1970 Tony Jacklin became the first British golfer to win the US Open for 50 years.

1978 Walking home with friend, William Hanna was killed in the crossfire between Provisional IRA bombers and British security forces at the Ballysillan post office depot in Belfast. Three Provisional IRA members also died.

1982 * Prince William, eldest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana at St Mary's Hospital, in London.

1991 There was anger over British Gas chairman Robert Evans accepting a pay increase of 66% which took his annual salary to 370,000.

1993 English mathematician, Andrew Wiles proved Fermat's last theorem. It seven years and 200 pages of calculations to prove the 350-year-old problem, which many mathematicians had declared was unsolvable.

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