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1818 * Emily Bronte, English novelist who wrote Wuthering Heights in 1846.

1863 * Henry Ford, US motor car engineer and manufacturer.

1898 * Henry Moore, famous English sculptor of the 20th century.

1930 Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 in the first World Cup soccer final.

1935 The first Penguin books were published.

1945 The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank within 15 minutes. It was one of the greatest naval losses of WW2, resulting in the deaths of nearly 900 men.

1947 * Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-born US actor who starred in the Terminator movies.

1963 'Third Man' Kim Philby turned up in Moscow after escaping arrest in Britain for spying.

1966 England won football's World Cup for the first time since the tournament began in 1930. England beat Germany 4-2 with Geoff Hurst scoring the first hat-trick in a World Cup final.

1973 The Thalidomide Case ended after 11 years with compensation of 20m.

1974 Greek, Turkish and UK foreign ministers signed a peace agreement for Cyprus.

1980 The Republic of Vanuatu, formerly known as the New Hebrides, gained its independence from France and Britain.

1991 Italian tenor Pavorotti celebrated 30 years in opera with a huge, free concert in Hyde Park.


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