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22nd July

1812 The Duke of Wellington defeated the French at the Battle of Salamanca in Spain.

1888 * Selman Abraham Waksman, US biochemist who discovered a treatment for tuberculosis.

1890 * Rose Kennedy, mother of US President John F. Kennedy.

1928 * Jimmy Hill, former English soccer player and television commentator.

1933 US aviator Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world.

1934 US bank robber John Dillinger was gunned down by FBI officers in Chicago.

1946 Bread rationing began in Britain.

1972 The Russian unmanned spacecraft Venera 8 landed on the planet Venus.

1977 The disgraced deputy Prime Minister of China, Deng Xiaoping, returned to Chinese Government.

1991 British Prime Minister John Major launched a citizen's charter to improve public services.

1999 The ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr, his wife and sister-in-law were scattered on the sea off Matha's Vineyard, Massacusetts in a formal ceremony.

2003 Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay Hussein, were killed in a gun battle in northern Iraq.

2005 Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police at Stockwell Tube station in south London

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