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22nd June

1377 Richard II ascended to the English throne on the death of Edward III.

1814 The first match at Lord's cricket ground took place between the MCC and Hertfordshire.

1815 Napoleon abdicated his throne for the second time after his defeat at Waterloo.

1870 The US Justice Department was created.

1906 * Billy Wilder, US film director and writer of films such as Some Like it Hot (1959).

1921 King George V opened the Northern Ireland Parliament pleading for peace.

1932 * Prunella Scales, English actress who starred in the TV series Fawlty Towers.

1936 * Kris Kristofferson, US singer, songwriter and actor who starred in A Star is Born (1976).

1941 Hitler's German Army took the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin by surprise as it begins a massive advance on Moscow. The invasion broke the non-aggression pact signed by Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939.

1949 * Meryl Streep, US actress who won an Oscar for the film Sophie's Choice (1982).

1959 Directors of Harrods are urging shareholders to vote for a 34m merger with Debenhams department chain. It is seen as a way of cutting costs through pooling resources on buying goods and internal administration.

1969 Singer-actress Judy Garland died.

1979 A jury cleared Jeremy Thorpe of the attempted murder of Norman Scott. Mr Thorpe, who resigned as Liberal Party leader in 1976, hailed his acquittal as "a complete vindication".

1981 Mark Chapman changed his plea to guilty and admitted that he murdered John Lennon in December 1980. Lennon, 40, was shot several times as he entered his luxury apartment building, the Dakota on Manhattan's Upper West Side

1987 Actor-dancer-singer Fred Astaire died.

1995 British PM John Major resigned as Conservative leader to fight a leadership contest.

2001 The Parole Board decided that after 8 years, the murderers of James Bulger are to be released. Both boys were 10-years-old when they led James Bulger from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, tortured and murdered him.

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