1327 Edward II, deposed king of England was murdered at Berkeley
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated the English at the Battle of
Prestonpans in Scotland.
1792 The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
1756 * John Loudon McAdam, Scottish inventor of the macadam road
1866 * H.G. Wells, English science fiction author who wrote War of
the Worlds (1898).
1874 * Gustav Holst, composer of the suite The Planets (1918).
1915 Stonehenge was sold to a Mr. Chubb who then presented it to the
1931 * Larry Hagman, US actor who played JR Ewing in the TV series
1937 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein was first published.
1949 The People's Republic of China was proclaimed.
1955 Britain annexed "Rockall" 300 miles west of Scotland to stop
the Soviets spying on missile tests.
1964 Malta gained its independence from Great Britain.
1979 An RAF Harrier jump jet crashed onto houses in Wisbech, killing
two men and a young boy.
1981 Belize gained its independence from Great Britain.
1989 Hurricane Hugo lashed the Atlantic coast state of Georgia
causing widespread damage.
2001 29 died and thousands were hurt in blast at Toulouse chemical
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