1613 London's Globe Theatre burned down during a performance of
Shakespeare's Henry VIII.
1798 * Conte Giacomo Leopardi, Italian poet, considered the best
1801 The first census in Great Britain revealed a population of
1858 * George Washington Goethals, US army engineer who built the
1901 * Nelson Eddy, singer and actor who partnered Jeanette
Macdonald in film operettas.
1928 * Ian Bannen, Scottish actor who won an Oscar for Flight of the
1956 Arthur Miller, US playwright married actress Marilyn Monroe in
1966 The first credit card in Britain, the Barclaycard was
introduced by the Barclays Bank.
1974 Isabel Perón, 2nd wife of Juan Perón sworn in as President of
1986 Millionaire Richard Branson smashes the world record for the
fastest powerboat crossing of the Atlantic.
1995 The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked,
forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit Earth.
2001 The government announced a memorial in honour of Diana,
Princess of Wales, is to be built in London's Hyde Park.
2003 Actress Katharine Hepburn died.
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