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7th September

1533 * Elizabeth I, Queen of England from 1558-1603, daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII.

1812 Napoleon Bonaparte's forces defeated the Russians at the Battle of Borodino.

1822 Brazil declared its independence from Portugal.

1901 The Boxer Rebellion in China officially ended with the signing of the Peking Protocol (Peace of Beijing).

1913 * Anthony Quayle, English actor who starred in the film The Guns of Navarone (1961).

1923 * Peter Lawford, English actor who married Patricia Kennedy, the US President's sister.

1936 * Buddy Holly, US rock singer who sang 'Peggy Sue' and died in an air crash aged 23.

1940 The German air force unleashed a wave of heavy bombing raids on London, killing hundreds of civilians.

1943 Italy surrendered to the Allies during World War 2.

1952 Following the recent coup in Egypt, General Mohammed Neguib forced Aly Maher out of office taking control himself.

1973 Scotland's Jackie Stewart became world motor racing champion for the third time.

1986 Bishop Desmond Tutu enthroned as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa.

1992 At least 24 people were killed and 150 injured when soldiers fired on an African National Congress demonstration in South Africa.

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