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1535 Sir Thomas More was beheaded on London's Tower Hill for treason.

1885 Louis Pasteur successfully treated a patient with a rabies vaccine.

1907 The world's first purpose-built motor racing track opened at Brooklands, Surrey.

1921 * Nancy Reagan, former US actress and First Lady to US President Ronald Reagan.

1928 The first feature-length all-sound film, The Lights of New York was premiered.

1935 * Dalai Lama, the 14th spiritual leader of Tibet who fled India in 1959.

1936 * Dave Allen, Irish comedian best known for his religious jokes.

1942 Anne Frank and her family sought refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.

1946 * Sylvester Stallone, US film actor best known for his role in the Rocky movies.

1952 After almost a century of service the tram made its final appearance in London.

1957 Althea Gibson was the first black person to win the Wimbledon women's singles tennis title.

1988 An explosion aboard the oil rig Piper Alpha in the North Sea killed 167 men.

1992 The French Government mobilised the army and police to remove the lorries blocking the nation's major roads.

1997 The Mars rover Sojourner landed on the Martian surface. It successfully performed more than 16 chemical analyses of rocks and soil, and explored 820 sq ft of the planet's surface.

1998 Roy Rogers, 'King' of the Cowboys, died.

2000 The Prime Minister Tony Blair's eldest son, Euan, was arrested for being drunk and incapable.

2005 The 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London, the International Olympic Committee has announced. London beat the favourite Paris by 54 votes to 50 at the IOC meeting in Singapore.

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