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1800 Spain ceded Louisiana to France in the secret Treaty of San Ildefonso.

1908 Henry Ford introduced the Model T motor car. The car cost $825 each.

1920 * Walter Matthau, US actor who starred in the film The Odd Couple (1968).

1924 * Jimmy Carter, the 39th US President from 1977-1981.

1933 * Richard Harris, Irish actor who starred in the film Cassandra Crossing (1977).

1935 * Julie Andrews, English actress who starred in the film The Sound of Music (1965).

1936 General Francisco Franco became head of the insurgent Spanish government.

1949 The People's Republic of China was proclaimed with Mao Tse Tung as it's Chairman.

1957 A vaccine against Asian Flu was made available to the British public.

1962 Two people died and at least 75 were injured in rioting following the admission of black student James Meredith to the University of Mississippi.

1970 Dozens of Egyptians were crushed in crowded Cairo streets as President Abdel Nasser was buried.

1971 Disney World opened in Orlando Florida.

1985 Youths went on the rampage in Toxteth, Liverpool causing widespread damage.

1995 US convicted Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman of plotting holy war.

2004 British Prime Minister Tony Blair underwent heart surgery.

2995 At least 26 people died and more than 50 were injured as the Indonesian resort island of Bali was hit by bomb blasts.

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