1492 Christopher Columbus set sail from Andalucža on his first
voyage of discovery.
1778 La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy opened.
1867 * Stanley Baldwin, English Prime Minister from 1923-1929 and
1887 * Rupert Brooke, English World War 1 poet.
1914 Germany declared war on France.
1914 The first ships passed through the Panama Canal.
1926 Traffic lights were installed in Britain for the first time at
1938 * Terry Wogan, Irish-born radio DJ and television presenter.
1940 * Martin Sheen, US actor who starred in the film Apocalypse Now
1957 Tunku Abdul Rahman, a British-educated Malay prince, was
elected as head of state ahead of independence from Britain.
1958 The nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus became the first vessel
to cross the North Pole underwater.
1978 The Queen officially opened the 11th Commonwealth Games in
1990 Phew! A weather station in Leicestershire recorded the highest
temperature (37.1C, or 99F} ever known in Britain.
2001 A car bomb containing 45kg of explosives was detonated in
Ealing Broadway. Dissident Irish republicans are being blamed for
2003 The Anglican Church in America voted to approve the appointment
of an openly gay bishop, angering religious leaders around the
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