1864 * John Galsworthy, English novelist who wrote the Forsyte Saga.
1893 The world's first car registration plates were introduced in
1900 International forces entered Beijing, China, in an effort to
suppress the antiforeign uprising known as the Boxer Rebellion.
1910 * Pierre Schaeffer, French composer.
1913 * Fred Davis, twice world snooker champion in 1948 and 1951.
1928 The very first scheduled television programmes were broadcast
from WRNY in New York.
1941 In a secret meeting, US President Franklin D Roosevelt and UK
PM Winston Churchill agreed plans for downfall of Hitler.
1945 Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies thus ending
1947 Pakistan became independent of British rule.
1961 * Sarah Brightman, English singer and actress.
1969 British troops were deployed in Northern Ireland to restore
1979 Dozens of yachts were lost and at least three people killed
after a freak storm during the Fastnet yacht race.
1980 Shipyard workers in Gdansk, Poland, strike in protest over the
dismissal of trade union activist Anna Walentinowicz, a militant
2000 A rescue operation started to save the lives of more than 100
sailors on board a Russian submarine the Kursk, lying powerless at
the bottom of the Barents Sea.
2001 The IRA withdrew its proposal on putting its weapons beyond
2003 Massive power failures caused chaos across the eastern United
States and Canada, hitting cities such as New York and Ottawa.
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