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1792 * Percy Shelley, English romantic poet who wrote 'Prometheus Unbound' in 1818.

1870 The Red Cross Society was founded in Great Britain.

1870 * Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish music-hall comedian.

1900 * Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

1914 The First World War began when Germany invaded Belgium and in response Britain declared war on Germany.

1916 Denmark ceded the Danish West Indies, including the Danish Virgin Islands, to the United States for $25 million.

1942 * David Russell Lange, Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984-1989.

1944 Anne Frank and her family were found hiding in Amsterdam by Nazis.

1954 Britain's first supersonic fighter, the P-1 made its maiden flight from Boscombe Down.

1964 FBI agents uncovered the bodies of three missing civil rights workers at a dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi.

1972 The man who tried to assassinate Governor George Wallace was sentenced to 63 years in jail.

1984 At the Olympic games athletes Zola Budd and Mary Decker clashed during a 3,000m race.

1987 Moors murderer Ian Brady claimed he was involved in another five killings. Myra Hindley denied all knowledge of any further killings

2000 Celebrations took place all over the United Kingdom to mark the 100th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

2002 Police said they were "extremely concerned" over the disappearance of two 10-year-old girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.


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