1709 * Samuel Johnson, English lexicographer whose Dictionary was
the standard at that time.
1810 Chile declared its independence from Spain.
1850 Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which required the
return of escaped slaves to their owners.
1851 The New York Times newspaper was published for the first time.
1905 * Greta Garbo, Swedish actress who starred in the film
1914 The Irish Home Rule Bill received Royal Assent.
1933 * Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman), US singer and songwriter.
1947 The National Security Act, which unified the Army, Navy, and
Air Force, was passed.
1949 * Peter Shilton, England soccer player, one of the best
goalkeepers of his time.
1961 UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in an air
crash outside the Northern Rhodesian town of Ndola.
1970 Jimi Hendrix, legendary rock guitarist died from a drug
overdose in London aged 27.
1972 Fleeing persecution, the first Ugandan refugees arrived in
1978 The leaders of Israel and Egypt reached a settlement for the
Middle East at Camp David in the US.
1981 France abolished the guillotine.
1987 The United States and the USSR agree to reduce the number of
1997 1997 Islamic militants killed nine tourists and bus driver in
2000 Survivors of the Southall and Ladbroke Grove rail crashes
accused Railtrack of putting costs before safety.
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