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15th September

1821 Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador gained independence.

1830 The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was opened by the Duke of Wellington.

1890 * Agatha Christie, English crime writer who wrote Murder on the Orient Express.

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 Luftwaffe.

1946 * Tommy Lee Jones, US actor who appeared in the film The Fugitive (1993).

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 Princess Diana.

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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