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1489 * Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII's first reformed Archbishop of Canterbury.

1566 French astrologer, physician, and prophet Nostradamus died.

1714 * Christopher Gluck, German composer, best known for his opera Alceste (1767).

1865 The Salvation Army was founded at a revivalist meeting in Whitechapel, London.

1900 The Zeppelin made its maiden flight from Lake Constance, Germany.

1903 * King Olaf V of Norway, born in England and who became king in 1957.

1937 US pilots Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared after taking off from New Guinea.

1938 * Dr. David Owen, former Foreign Minister in the British Labour government.

1964 President Johnson signed the US Civil Rights Bill prohibiting racial discrimination.

1987 Moors murderer Ian Brady offered to assist police searches of Saddleworth Moor for the first time since his conviction.

1992 The IRA admitted killing three men found by the army at different roadsides in south Armagh.

1997 Actor James Stewart died in Beverly Hills, California.

2001 Barry George was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of television presenter Jill Dando.

2002 Steve Fossett became the first to circumnavigate the globe solo in a balloon.

2005 For the second time, the world's biggest music stars united in Live 8 concerts around the globe to press political leaders to tackle poverty in Africa.

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