1859 French acrobat Charles Blondin, AKA Jean Francois Gravelet,
walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
1891 * Sir Stanley Spencer, English artist known for his paintings
set in his native Cookham.
1908 A powerful natural explosion from an unknown cause rocked the
Tunguska Basin, in eastern Siberia, flattening hundreds of square
miles of forest and resulting in tremors that could be felt hundreds
of miles away.
1918 * Susan Hayward, US actress who won an Oscar for I Want To Live
1926 The first pop-up toasters went on sale by the McGraw Electric
Co. in Minneapolis.
1936 The novel Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was
1939 * Tony Hatch, English pianist, composer and arranger of theme
music for TV series.
1960 Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho had its première in New York.
1966 * Mike Tyson, US and world heavyweight boxing champion from
1986 to 1990.
1971 After a record 24 days in space, 3 Russian astronauts died
after an oxygen failure.
1985 All 39 Americans being held captive by the Shia Muslim Amal
militia in Lebanon were released, after almost three weeks in
1992 Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took her place in the
House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.
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