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8th September

1841 * Antonin Dvorak, Czech composer.

1888 The first English soccer league matches were played.

1921 * Sir Harry Secombe, British comedy actor.

1925 * Peter Sellers, English actor who played Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies.

1943 General Dwight D Eisenhower announced secret surrender five days ago by the Italian Government.

1944 The first V2 flying bombs landed in Britain in Chiswick, London.

1950 Rescuers said 116 miners trapped in Knockshinnoch Castle colliery in Scotland following a landslide are safe.

1951 The San Francisco Peace Treaty was signed, formally ending US World War II hostilities with Japan.

1954 * Anne Diamond, English television presenter.

1966 The first episode of the TV series Star Trek ("The Man Trap") was shown in the US.

1974 US President Ford pardoned Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate affair.

1986 General Augusto Pinochet the president of Chile escaped an attempt on his life which killed five of his bodyguards.

2000 The fuel protests which had been crippling France for the past week spread to UK.

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