1786 * Davy Crockett, US frontiersman and politician.
1892 * Mae West, US actress and playwright.
1896 A gold rush started in the Klondike River in Canada's Yukon
1943 * Robert de Niro, US actor who won an Oscar for the film The
Godfather Part 2 (1974).
1945 Indonesia gained its independence from the Netherlands.
1957 * Robin Cousins, English ice-skater who won Gold at the 1976
1969 Hurricane Camille devastated the Gulf Coast, killing 248
1977 Soviet ice-breaker the Artika became the first ship to reach
the North Pole.
1978 Three Americans, Ben Abruzzo, Larry Newman and Max Anderson
made the first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight landing
outside of Paris.
1987 Rudolf Hess, Hitler's former right-hand man, was found dead in
1988 President Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan was killed when his plane
exploded after take-off.
1989 An Australian airliner became the first to fly non-stop from
London to Sydney.
1998 President of the United States, Bill Clinton, admitted having
an inappropriate relationship with former White House intern Monica
1999 A earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale struck
northwest Turkey with at least 40,000 people feared dead.
2000 Prince William passed three A-levels and secured a place to
study history of art at the oldest university in Scotland, St
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