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9th July

1816 Argentina formally declared independence from Spain.

1877 The first Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship was held in Great Britain.

1887 The first paper napkins were introduced by stationery manufacturers John Dickenson.

1900 The British Parliament proclaimed that as of 1st Jan 1901, the six Australian colonies would be united as the Commonwealth of Australia.

1901 * Barbara Cartland, English romantic novelist of some 500 books.

1916 * Edward Heath, British Prime Minister from 1970-1974.

1937 * David Hockney, English painter/artist, famous for his swimming pool paintings (1965).

1938 Gas masks issued to the civilian population of Britain in anticipation of World War 2.

1956 * Tom Hanks, US comedy film actor.

1973 The Queen's representative, Prince Charles witnessed the final lowering of the Union Jack and gold flag of the Bahamas being raised on their Independence Day.

1982 A man "Mr Fagan" broke into Buckingham Palace and spent ten minutes talking to the Queen in her bedroom. This was the sixth breach of security at the Queen's London residence this year.

1984 A bolt of lightning set fire to the 700 year-old York Minster cathedral in Britain.

1997 Boxer Mike Tyson was temporarily banned from boxing for biting Evander Holyfield's ear.

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