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1527 * John Dee, English mathematician who was astrologer to Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I.

1793 French revolutionary Jean Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by royalist sympathizer Charlotte Corday.

1837 Queen Victoria moved into Buckingham Palace, the first monarch to live there.

1859 * Sidney James Webb, English founder of the London School of Economics.

1930 The World Cup soccer competition was inaugurated in Montevideo, Uruguay.

1940 * Patrick Stewart, English actor who played Captain Picard in the TV series Star Trek-TNG.

1942 * Harrison Ford, US actor and star of Star Wars (1977) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1980).

1943 The Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history - involving some 6,000 tanks, 2,000,000 troops, and 4,000 aircraft: ended in German defeat.

1947 Europe accepted Marshall Aid, the US financial aid to help Europe after World War 2.

1955 Ruth Ellis became the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

1971 Ten army officers involved in an aborted coup in Morocco were executed.

1977 A 25-hour blackout hit New York City, with widespread rioting and looting.

1985 The Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium for the starving in Africa. Globally raised a total of 30m.

2003 Iraq's interim governing council was inaugurated.

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