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1894 * Walter Brennan, US film actor who starred in the film The Rio Bravo (1958).

1917 Dutch spy Margaretha Geertruida Zelle known as Mata Hari was sentenced to death.

1930 * Annie Ross, English actress and jazz singer.

1943 Fascism was outlawed in Italy after Mussolini was deposed.

1946 The United States tested the first underwater atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.

1956 The Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England coast, killing 51 people.

1957 Tunisia became a republic with Habib Bourguiba as President.

1969 Senator Edward Kennedy's political career was in doubt after he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crime following the Chappaquiddick car crash.

1978 * Louise Brown, the world's first test-tube baby born at Oldham General Hospital, Britain.

1984 Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.

1992 The Olympic Games opened in Barcelona with all countries present for the first time in modern history.

1994 King Hussein of Jordan and PM Yitzhak Rabin of Israel end 46 year-long state of war.

1999 US cyclist Lance Armstrong won the gruelling Tour de France only 3 years after recovering from Cancer.

2000 Pride of the skies, supersonic airliner Concorde crashed outside Paris. The Air France Concorde crashed after a wheel exploded on take off. All 109 people aboard were killed

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