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
1923 * Rocky Marciano, legendary undefeated world heavyweight boxing
1939 Germany invaded Poland and Britain and France prepared to
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
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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