1921 At the University of Toronto, Canada, Sir Frederick Banting
1929 * Jack Higgins, English author of The Eagle Has Landed (1975).
1940 Bugs Bunny made his debut in the cartoon 'A Wild Hare'.
1944 * Bobbie Gentry, US singer best known for her song 'Ode to
Billy Joe' (1967).
1949 The de Havilland Comet, the world's first jet airliner made its
1953 The Korean armistice was signed in Panmunjom, ending 3 years of
1955 * Allan Border, former Australian cricket captain and prolific
1955 Austria became independent once more.
1958 * Christopher Dean, English ice dance skater who partnered Jane
1965 Shadow Chancellor Edward Heath became the new Tory party leader
after beating off his rivals in the Conservative leadership contest.
1982 Mercenary leader Colonel 'Mad Mike' Hoare was found guilty of
hijacking a plane to escape from a failed coup in the Seychelles.
1996 A bomb exploded in Atlanta, Georgia, the city hosting the 1996
Olympic Games leaving two people dead and many more injured.
2000 The Labour Government announced its plans for the most radical
re-organisation of the NHS since it was founded in 1948.
2003 Lance Armstrong won his fifth straight Tour de France, tying
Miguel Indurain's record.
2003 American icon and legendary comedian Bob Hope died just two
months after celebrating his 100th birthday.
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