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1801 * George Bradshaw, English publisher of railway guides.

1883 * Benito Mussolini, Italian founder of the Fascist Party who became dictator of Italy.

1887 * Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian-born composer.

1890 Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh died after shooting himself in the chest.

1907 Baden Powell officially formed the Boy Scouts in Great Britain.

1913 * Joseph Grimmond, leader of the British Liberal Party from 1956-1967.

1949 The BBC began broadcasting their first weather forecasts.

1958 President Eisenhower signed the congressional act that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by Congress.

1968 In Humanae Vitae (of Human Life), Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Catholic Church's prohibition on artificial methods of birth control.

1976 Fire destroyed the famous pier head at the end of the world's longest pier, in Southend.

1981 Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

1999 US Stock trader Mark Barton kills his wife, two children then shoots nine investors at an office complex before killing himself.

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