1806 Carbon paper was patented by Ralph Wedgewood of London.
1849 Poet writer Edgar Allan Poe died at age 40.
1908 Crete became united with Greece to avoid Turkish domination.
1958 The first photo of the far side of the Moon was transmitted
from the USSR's Lunik 1.
1985 The Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro with 400 passengers
seized by Palestinian terrorists.
1931 * Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa.
1939 * Clive James, Australian writer and television broadcaster.
1945 * Kevin Godley, English musician and former member of the pop
1949 The Republic of East Germany was formed.
1957 * Jayne Torvill, English ice-dance skater who partnered
1959 Three hundred people were rescued after being cut off by a
blaze on the world's longest pleasure pier in Southend.
1977 Invasion! Ninety sets of Swedish identical twins travelled to
Felixstowe for a shopping trip.
1982 Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats," the longest running show in
Broadway history, opened.
1985 The Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked by
Palestinian gunmen in the Mediterranean.
2001 US coalition forces and British forces began bombing Taliban
government and al-Qaeda terrorist camps in Afghanistan in response
to the atrocities of the 11th September 2001.
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