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1760 * Luigi Cherubini, Italian composer.

1812 Napoleon Bonaparte entered Moscow, Russia.

1814 The US national anthem 'The Star Spangled Banner' was written by Francis Scott Key.

1867 * Charles Dana Gibson, US artist.

1868 The first recorded hole-in-one was scored by Scottish golfer Tom Morris.

1901 President McKinley died of an assassins gunshot wounds. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.

1909 * Sir Peter Scott, English artist and ornithologist.

1910 * Jack Hawkins, English actor who starred in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).

1927 Modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice, France.

1951 Prime Minister Clement Attlee opened the largest oil refinery in Europe, at Fawley on Southampton Water.

1959 The Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first man-made object to reach the Moon when it crashed onto the lunar surface.

1960 Violence followed an army coup in the West African state of Congo.

1981 A teenage boy who fired blank shots at the Queen last June pleaded guilty to a charge under the 1848 Treason Act.

1982 Princess Grace of Monaco was killed in a car crash in the principality.

1985 Moscow retaliated two days after Britain expelled 25 Soviet spies following the defection of KGB chief Oleg Gordievsky.

1993 A British holidaymaker Gary Colley, 34, was murdered and his girlfriend injured during an attempted mugging in Florida.

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