1816 * Paul von Reuter, who formed a company to transmit commercial
information by telegraph.
1873 The first train robbery west of the Mississippi was done by
Jesse James and his gang.
1897 The Tate Gallery opened on the site of the Millbank Prison,
1899 * Ernest Hemmingway, US novelist who wrote the novel A Farewell
to Arms (1929).
1904 The Trans-Siberian railway (4,607 miles long) was finally
1934 * Jonathan Miller, English theatre, opera and television
1949 The US Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.
1952 * Robin Williams, US comedy actor who starred in the TV series
Mork and Mindy.
1954 Eight years of war came to an end as the French ceded control
of northern Vietnam to the Communist Viet Minh after signing the
1966 Gwynfor Evans became the first Welsh Nationalist member of the
1969 US astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot
on the Moon (02:56 GMT).
1982 The flagship of the British taskforce to the Falklands, HMS
Hermes, arrived back in Portsmouth.
1998 Astronaut Alan Shepard died.
2002 WorldCom filed for bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy in US
history (Enron Corporation in second place!).
2005 London's underground network is plunged into chaos after
explosions on two trains and a bus - exactly a fortnight after four
suicide bomb blasts in the capital.
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