1545 Henry VIII's ship The Mary Rose sank in the Solent with the
loss of 700 lives.
1814 * Samuel Colt, US inventor of the six-shot revolver and
patented in 1835.
1821 George IV was crowned King of England.
1834 * Edgar Degas, leading French impressionist painter.
1848 Amelia Bloomer introduced 'bloomers' to the world at a
convention in New York.
1865 * Charles Horace Mayo, US surgeon who co-founded the Mayo
1870 The Franco-Prussian war began.
1903 Maurice Garin became the first winner of the Tour de France
1941 Winston Churchill was the first to use the two-finger 'V for
1946 * Ile Nastase, Romanian tennis player who had the nickname
'Nasty' for his behaviour.
1965 The former leader of the Republic of South Korea, Syngman Rhee,
died in exile in the US state of Hawaii at the age of 90.
1966 Fifty year-old singer Frank Sinatra married 21-year-old actress
1976 British fishermen are urged the Foreign Secretary, Anthony
Crosland, to secure a 50-mile fishing zone around the UK.
1983 A gigantic new flesh-eating dinosaurs skeleton was unveiled to
the media at the Natural History Museum in London.
1996: Bosnian Serb President and wanted war criminal Radovan
Karadzic was forced out of office.
1997 The IRA made a surprise announcement of a ceasefire in Northern
Ireland - the second in three years.
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