1509 The coronation of Henry VIII took place.
1717 The Grand Lodge of English Freemasons was formed in London.
1825 * William Henry Smith, bookseller who built the biggest chain
of newsagents in Britain.
1895 * Jack Dempsey, US world heavyweight boxing champion known as
the 'Manassa Mauler'.
1911 * Juan Manuel Fangio, 5 times Argentinean world motor racing
1947 Kenneth Arnold, an American pilot, reported seeing strange
objects near Mt. Rainier, Washington. He described them as 'saucers
skipping across the water,' hence the term 'flying saucers' was
1947 * Mick Fleetwood, English founder of the Anglo-US pop group
1948 The Soviet Union began a blockade of Berlin. Allied forces
responded with what would be known as the Berlin Airlift flying in
more than 2 million tons of supplies over the next year.
1953 Jacqueline Bouvier announced her engagement to John F. Kennedy.
1974 The Labour Government admitted that Britain exploded a nuclear
device in the United States a few weeks ago.
1983 Sally Ride became the first US spacewoman aboard the space
1986 Hard-line unionist leader the Reverend Ian Paisley warned
Northern Ireland was on the verge of civil war.
1997 The U.S. Air Force released The Roswell Report, closing the
case on the 1947 Roswell, N.M. incident concerning UFOs and alien
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