1789 US first Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and
sent them to the states for ratification. The first ten became the
Bill of Rights.
1818 The first blood transfusion using human blood took place at
Guy's Hospital in London.
1890 Wilford Woodruff, president of the Mormon church, renounced the
practice of polygamy. This paved the way for Utah's acceptance as a
state in 1896.
1897 Britain's first motor bus service started in Bradford, West
1929 * Ronnie Barker, English comedy actor who formed a double-act
with Ronnie Corbett.
1932 Catalonia in Spain became autonomous with its own parliament
1944 * Michael Douglas, US actor and son of Kirk who starred in the
film Wall Street (1988).
1946 * Felicity Kendal, English actress who starred in the TV series
The Good Life.
1950 UN forces took control of the South Korean capital Seoul, three
months after it fell to North Korea.
1952 * Christopher Reeve, US actor who played Superman in the
1954 'Papa' Doc Duvalier won the Haiti presidential elections.
1957 More than 1,000 paratroopers in full battle dress escorted nine
black children to high school in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1959 A Buddhist monk assassinated the Sri Lankan PM Bandaranaike.
1983 Thirty-eight prisoners escaped from the Maze a high-security
jail near Lisburn in Northern Ireland.
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