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23rd September

1846 German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune.

1920 * Mickey Rooney (Joe Yule Jr), US actor who starred in the film National Velvet (1944).

1932 * Ray Charles, blind US singer who sang the song 'Hit the Road Jack'.

1939 Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, died in London.

1940 The George Cross was instituted in Britain for civilian acts of courage.

1943 * Julio Inglesias, Spanish singer.

1949 * Bruce Springsteen, US singer and songwriter.

1951 Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace for news of King George VI following an operation to remove part of his lung.

1952 The star of the silent movies, Charlie Chaplin, returned to his native England after 21 years in the US.

1973 Juan Perón was re-elected President of Argentina after being ousted 18 years earlier.

1974 The world's first teletext service, the BBC's Ceefax, was launched.

1976 A fire on HMS Glasgow, one of the Royal Navy's latest guided missile destroyers killed eight men.

1985 Edward Lee Howard was the first CIA agent found spying for USSR.

1987 An Australian court lifted the ban on the publication of MI5 Peter Wright's autobiography, Spycatcher.

1997 USA and Russia agreed a ban on weapons-grade plutonium.

2000 British rower Steve Redgrave made Olympic history at the 2000 Sydney Games by winning his fifth consecutive gold medal.

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