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1624 Cardinal Richelieu was named chief minister of France by king Louis XIII.

1851 Issac Singer patented the sewing machine.

1865 British surgeon Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use an antiseptic during surgery.

1881 * Cecil B. De Mille, US film producer and director who specialized in biblical epics.

1887 US inventor Thomas Alva Edison made the first sound recording.

1898 A peace protocol ending the Spanish-American War was signed.

1908 The first Model T. Ford motor car was produced.

1925 * Norris and Ross McWhirter, British twins who founded the Guinness Book of Records.

1939 * George Hamilton, US TV and film actor.

1949 * Mark Knopfler, English rock guitarist with the group Dire Straits.

1960 The first US communications satellite, Echo 1 was launched.

1964 A massive manhunt was underway across Britain after one of the gang involved in the Great Train Robbery, Charlie Wilson, 32, broke out of a high-security prison in Birmingham.

1969 The Royal Ulster Constabulary used tear gas for the first time in its history after nine hours of rioting in the Bogside area of Londonderry.

1980 The first giant panda born in captivity was born in a New Mexico zoo.

1985 In the world's worst single-aircraft disaster, a Japan Air Lines 747 crashed into Mount Osutaka, killing 520 of the 524 aboard.

1998 Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle lawsuits brought by Holocaust survivors and their heirs. The banks had kept millions of dollars deposited by Holocaust victims before and during WW2.

2000 The Russian nuclear submarine, the Kursk carrying a crew of 118 sank in the Barents Sea with the loss of all aboard.

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