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1791 Mozart's opera The Magic Flute premiered in Vienna, Austria.

1905 * Michael Powell, English film director and producer of the film The Red Shoes (1948).

1921 * Deborah Kerr, Scottish-born actress who starred in the film The King and I (1956).

1929 British chemist Alexander Fleming announced his discovery of Penicillin.

1929 The first rocket-powered aircraft invented by Franz von Opel made its maiden flight.

1931 * Angie Dickinson, US actress who starred in the TV series Police Woman.

1935 * Johnny Mathis, US ballad singer.

1938 The British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was hailed as bringing "peace to Europe" after signing a pact with Germany.

1949 The Berlin Airlift came to an end.

1955 James Dean, US film actor was killed in a car accident aged only 24.

1966 Botswana gained its independence from Great Britain.

1967 Disc jockey Tony Blackburn opened BBC Radio One's programmes.

1971 The British Government named Oleg Lyalin as the Soviet defector who exposed dozens of Russian Spies.

1988 A Gibraltar court found the killing of three unarmed IRA suspects by British soldiers was lawful.

1993 Earthquakes in the western state of Maharashtra, India, killed 22,000 people.

2004 A bomb in Baghdad killed 34 children in day of bloodshed.

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