1509 * John Calvin, French theologian and a leading Protestant
1900 The Paris Metro opened.
1917 * Reg Symthe, English cartoonist who created the Andy Capp
1940 The Luftwaffe, attacked shipping convoys off the south-east
coast of England at the start of the battle to save Britain from
1943 Western Allies invaded Sicily. Virtually unopposed, British,
Canadian and American troops landed on the Mediterranean island of
1943 * Arthur Ashe, US tennis star, the first black Wimbledon tennis
champion in 1975.
1949 * Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian cricket captain and leading run
1951 Beginning of the Armistice talks at Kaesong, to end the Korean
1958 The first parking meters in Britain were installed in Mayfair.
1962 The first communications satellite, Telstar 1 was launched.
1972 The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland William Whitelaw
was involved in secret talks with the provisional IRA in London.
1976 The Italian town of Sveso covered by a poisonous cloud from a
local chemical plant.
1985 The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was blown up in
Auckland harbour, New Zealand.
1991 President Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa.
1991 Boris Yeltsin was sworn in as Russia's first elected president.
2003 Spain opened its first mosque (in Granada) since the Moors were
expelled in 1492.
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