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1st September

1875 * Edgar Rice Burroughs, US novelist and creator of Tarzan.

1898 * Marilyn Miller, US actress and dancer who starred in the musical Sally (1920).

1923 An earthquake in Japan killed over 300,000 people in Tokyo and Yokohama.

1923 * Rocky Marciano, legendary undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion.

1939 Germany invaded Poland and Britain and France prepared to declare war.

1946 * Barry Gibb, English-born rock-star and member of the group The Bee Gees.

1951 Britain's first supermarket opened in Earl's Court, London.

1960 The government announced Britain's first betting shops will be allowed to open for business from May 1961.

1969 King Idris of Libya was deposed after a group of officers took power and declared the country a republic.

1972 Bobby Fischer became the first US world chess champion defeating Boris Spassky.

1976 Water crisis deepened and the first of 11,500 standpipes were connected in Yorkshire as local reservoirs reach their lowest levels in years.

1983 A Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter, killing all 269 people aboard.

1985 A joint US French expedition located the wreck of the Titanic 560 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.

1997 French investigators revealed the driver of the car in which Princess Diana was fatally injured had been drinking.

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