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18th September

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 Ninotchka (1939).

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 Britain.

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 nuclear missiles.

1997 1997 Islamic militants killed nine tourists and bus driver in Egypt.

2000 Survivors of the Southall and Ladbroke Grove rail crashes accused Railtrack of putting costs before safety.

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