1754 * William Bligh, English captain of the ship The Bounty.
1850 California became the 31st US state.
1941 * Otis Reading, US songwriter and singer.
1948 The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea)
proclaimed its independence.
1949 * John Curry, British ice-skater who won gold at the 1976
1951 * Michael Keaton, US actor who starred in the Batman movies.
1971 The British Ambassador, Geoffrey Jackson, was released eight
months after being captured by extreme left-wing guerrillas in
1971 Inmates at New York's Attica Jail took 32 guards hostage ending
in a bloody shoot out.
1976 Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong died in Beijing at age 82.
1985 A massive earthquake in Mexico left 4000 people dead and 30000
1987 Twenty-five Liverpool football fans involved in the Heysel
stadium disaster were extradited to Belgium.
1988 English cricket captain Graham Gooch and seven other members of
his squad were refused visas to travel to India.
1999 A Police Review Commission report urged sweeping reform of RUC.
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