1489 * Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII's first reformed Archbishop of
1566 French astrologer, physician, and prophet Nostradamus died.
1714 * Christopher Gluck, German composer, best known for his opera
1865 The Salvation Army was founded at a revivalist meeting in
1900 The Zeppelin made its maiden flight from Lake Constance,
1903 * King Olaf V of Norway, born in England and who became king in
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
1964 President Johnson signed the US Civil Rights Bill prohibiting
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
concerts around the globe to press political leaders to tackle
poverty in Africa.
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