1530 * Ivan IV (The Terrible), first Tsar of Russia in 1547.
1718 New Orleans was founded by French settlers and named after the
Duke of Orleans.
1825 Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.
1837 The process of galvanising iron was patented by Henry Crawford
1875 Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the
English Channel. It took 21 hours and 45 minutes.
1918 * Leonard Bernstein, US composer and conductor of the musical
West Side Story (1957).
1930 * Sean Connery, Scottish actor who won an Oscar for the film
The Untouchables (1987).
1938 * Frederick Forsyth, English thriller writer who wrote Day of
the Jackal (1970).
1944 General Charles de Gaulle entered Paris, liberated from Nazi
occupation by Allied forces.
1967 The leader of the American Nazi party, George Lincoln Rockwell,
was killed by a sniper at a shopping centre in Arlington, Virginia.
1978 The Shroud of Turin went on show for the first time in St.
John's Cathedral, Turin.
1989 The spacecraft Voyager sent back pictures of Neptune and its
1997 A court in Berlin sentenced the former East German leader, Egon
Krenz, to six-and-a-half years in prison.
2003 Two powerful bomb blasts hit the Indian city of Bombay within
minutes of each other, killing at least 44 and injuring nearly 150.
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