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13th September

1735 * Oliver Evans, US inventor of high-pressure steam engines in 1790.

1788 New York became the federal capital of the US.

1845 The first baseball club, The Knickerbocker Club, was founded in New York.

1894 * J.B. Priestley, English novelist and playwright who wrote The Good Companions (1929).

1916 * Roald Dahl, British author who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964).

1944 * Jacqueline Bisset, English actress who starred in the film The Deep (1977).

1943 Chiang Kai-Shek became president of China.

1970 Australian Margaret Court became only the 2nd tennis player to achieve the Grand Slam.

1980 Hercules the bear who went missing on a Scottish island while being filmed for a television commercial was recaptured.

1982 Lindy Chamberlain, a mother who claimed her nine-week-old daughter was killed by a dingo appeared in court in Australia charged with her murder.

1988 A Cuban diplomat Medina Perez, opened fire in a crowded London street because of an American plot to make him defect his government insisted.

1993 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin agreed to peace in Gaza.

2001 Iain Duncan Smith was elected the new leader of the Conservative Party.

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