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1608 French explorer Samuel Champlain founded Québec.

1927 * Ken Russell, controversial English film director.

1937 * Tom Stoppard (Thomas Straussler), Czech-born English playwright.

1951 * Sir Richard Hadlee, former New Zealand cricket captain and prolific wicket taker.

1951 Talks to end the Korean war to begin later in July after terms were accepted by General Matthew Ridgway, supreme commander to the UN in the Far-East.

1954 Rationing finally ended in Britain 9 years after the end of World War 2.

1962 * Tom Cruise, US film actor who starred in the film Top Gun.

1962 Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule.

1966 Demonstrators in London were arrested after their protest against the Vietnam War turned violent.

1971 Jim Morrison, lead singer with the rock group The Doors died of a heart attack in Paris.

1987 The former chief of Gestapo in Lyon, Klaus Barbie, was sentenced to life imprisonment in a Lyon court.

1988 The US Vincennes patrolling the Gulf mistakenly shot down an Iranian airliner killing 290.

2000 In his first speech as Mayor of London Ken Livingstone announced that he would stand up to the government.

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