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1776 The U.S. declared independence from Great Britain.

1807 * Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian patriot who fought in 1860 to make Italy a unified nation.

1845 * Thomas John Barnardo, who set up homes for destitute children in London in 1867.

1848 The Communist Manifesto was published.

1862 Lewis Carroll first told the story of Alice's Adventures Underground to the Liddell sisters.

1884 The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States in Paris.

1892 James Keir Hardie became the first Socialist to win a seat in the British Parliament.

1904 Work began on the 40-mile long Panama Canal.

1927 * Gina Lollobrigida, popular Italian actress who starred in the film Trapeze (1956).

1927 * Neil Simon, US playwright who wrote The Odd Couple (1965).

1946 The US gave the Philippine islands their independence.

1954 Fourteen years of food rationing in Britain was over as restrictions on the sale and purchase of meat, and bacon in particular, were lifted.

1968 Round-the-world yachtsman Alec Rose received a hero's welcome as he sailed into Portsmouth after his 354-day trip.

1976 Israeli commandos rescued 100 hostages, mostly Israelis or Jews, held by pro-Palestinian hijackers at Entebbe airport in Uganda.

1977 Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty was sacked by the club's directors.

1995 The Prime Minister, John Major, won his battle to remain leader of the Conservative party.

1997 The US Pathfinder probe landed on Mars.

1999 English footballer David Beckham and pop singer Victoria Adams married in regal style at Luttrelstown Castle outside Dublin.

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