1831 Michael Faraday successfully demonstrated the first electrical
1842 The Treaty of Nanking was signed, ending the Opium Wars and
ceding the island of Hong Kong to Britain.
1885 The first motor cycle was patented by Gottlieb Daimler in
1918 6,000 British policemen went on strike demanding better pay.
1923 * Sir Richard Attenborough, English film actor and director.
1947 * James Hunt, (England) world Formula 1 motor racing champion
1949 The U.S.S.R. tested their first atomic bomb.
1949 * Richard Gere, US actor who starred in the film American
1950 British troops arrived in Korea to bolster the US presence
1958 * Michael Jackson, US singer whose album 'Thriller' became the
best-seller of all time.
1965 Charles Conrad, 35, and Gordon Cooper, 38, two American "Gemini
V" astronauts splashed down safely in the Atlantic after setting a
space endurance record.
1966 The Beatles played their last live concert at Candlestick Park,
1974 At least 220 people were arrested following disturbances at a
rock festival in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire.
1986 Celebrating their 100th birthdays, Britain's oldest twins May
and Marjorie Chavasse receive telegrams from the Queen.
1991 The Supreme Soviet, the parliament of the U.S.S.R., suspended
all activities of the Communist Party, bringing an end to the
1992 Violence marred a German anti-racist rally in Rostock in
2005 Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans causing unprecedented
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