1821 Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador
1830 The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was opened by the Duke of
1890 * Agatha Christie, English crime writer who wrote Murder on the
1907 * Fay Ray, US actress who starred in the film King Kong (1933).
1916 Tanks were used in battle for the first time by the British at
Flers in the Somme.
1935 The Nuremberg Laws deprived Jews of their citizenship and made
the Swastika the official emblem of Nazi Germany.
1940 Sunday the 15th of September 1940. The climax of the Battle,
remembered as The Battle of Britain Day following victory over the
1946 * Tommy Lee Jones, US actor who appeared in the film The
1950 The United Nations landed thousands of troops on the Korean
coast behind enemy lines, in the first counter-attack of the war.
1964 The Sun newspaper was published today for the first time. It
replaced the Daily Herald.
1975 The civil war in Beirut began between Christians and Muslims.
1978 Astrid Proll, 31, one of the most wanted members of the West
German Baader-Meinhof gang was detained in London.
1984 * Prince Harry of Wales, second son of Prince Charles and
1985 Tony Jacklin's team of golfers beat the United States in the
Ryder Cup for the first time in 28 years.
1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Penn Warren, the first
poet laureate of the United States, died.
2004 Protesters stormed Parliament as MPs voted to ban fox hunting.
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