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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 of London.

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 moons.

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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