1609 Henry Hudson began his exploration of the Hudson River.
1878 Cleopatra's Needle, the 69ft. tall obelisk was erected on
London's Thames embankment.
1888 * Maurice Chevalier, French entertainer and actor.
1910 The Los Angeles Police Department appointed the world's first
woman police officer.
1913 * Jesse Owens, US athlete who won 4 gold medals at the Berlin
1931 * Ian Holm, English actor who starred in the film Alien (1979).
1941 * Linda Gray, US actress who starred in the TV soap opera
1953 John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport,
1959 A massive Russian rocket, carrying 860lb of scientific
instruments, was successfully launched at the Moon.
1970 Palestinian militants blew up the three planes they had been
holding at an airfield in the Jordanian desert.
1977 Steve Biko, South African Black Consciousness movement leader
died in police custody.
1997 Scotland voted decisively for home rule in a referendum on how
they want the country to be governed.
1999 Indonesia announced it would allow an international
peacekeeping force to restore order to East Timor.
2003 One of the great legends of country music, Johnny Cash, died
after a short illness.
2005 England won the Ashes from Australia for the first time since
1987 after the "best ever" series.
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