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28th June

1491 * Henry VIII, King of England, married 6 times and broke away from the Catholic Church.

1838 Queen Victoria's coronation took place at Westminster Abbey.

1841 The ballet Giselle opened in Paris.

1867 * Luigi Pirandello, Italian playwright and novelist.

1902 * Richard Rodgers, US composer and lyricist who collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein.

1914 Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated, setting off World WW1.

1919 The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World WW1.

1926 * Mel Brooks, US actor, writer, and director of comedies such as The Producers (1968).

1935 US President Roosevelt requested the building of Fort Knox to hold the country's gold.

1950 England lost to the USA 0-1 in the World Cup Soccer tournament.

1960 37 men were killed in a gas explosion at a coal mine in Monmouthshire, Wales

1976 Three Britons and an American were sentenced to death by firing squad for their roles during the Angolan civil war.

1991 Margaret Thatcher announced she would give up her seat in the House of Commons at the general election.

2004 The US handed sovereignty back to Iraq in a low-key ceremony in Baghdad.

2000 Elian Gonzalez was returned to his father in Cuba from the US.

2001 Yugoslavia hands over Slobodan Milosevic to the Hague to face charges of war crimes.

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