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11th September

1777 The British defeated the Americans at the Battle of Brandywine Creek.

1885 * D.H. Lawrence, controversial English novelist who wrote Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928).

1915 Britain's first Women's Institute opened in Anglesey, Wales.

1917 * Herbert Lom, US actor born in Prague who starred in the film War and Peace (1956).

1950 * Barry Sheene, British motor cycling champion.

1960 American runner Wilma Rudolph confirmed her place in sporting history with a third Olympic gold medal in Rome.

1962 The Beatles recorded their first single, Love Me Do.

1967 * Harry Connick Jr, US singer and actor.

1971 Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77.

1973 President Salvador Allende of Chile was overthrown and died in a military coup.

1978 Bulgarian defector Georgi Markov was killed in London by a poisoned umbrella point.

1980 The famous Marlborough diamond was stolen from a London jewellers in a bold 1m robbery.

1997 In Scotland, voters approved the establishment of a parliament to run their domestic affairs.

2001 Two hijacked commercial jets were crashed by terrorists into the north and south towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City, causing the collapse of both towers. A short while later, another plane was crashed into the Pentagon, and fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pa. 3000 people were killed.

2003 The Swedish Foreign Minister, Anna Lindh, died of her injuries after she was stabbed in a Stockholm department store.

2005 Thirty-eight years of military rule came to an end in Gaza as Israeli soldiers lowered the flag and pulled out.

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