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1085 St Mark's Cathedral in Venice, Italy was consecrated.

1871 The Great Fire of Chicago started which made 95,000 people homeless.

1895 * Juan Perón, Argentinean President from 1946-1955 and 1973-1974.

1932 * Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player and six times world snooker champion.

1934 Bruno Hauptmannn was indicted for the murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby.

1939 * Paul Hogan, Australian comedy actor who starred in the Crocodile Dundee movies.

1945 President Harry Truman announced the US would only share the atomic bomb secrets with Great Britain and Canada.

1949 * Sigourney Weaver, US actress who starred in the film Alien (1979).

1952 At least 85 people were killed in the UK's worst peacetime rail crash after three trains collided at Harrow and Wealdstone.

1965 Britain's tallest building, the Post Office Tower in London opened.

1973 Britain's first commercial radio station, London Broadcasting Company, went on air.

1987 The coroner's inquest jury into the capsizing of the Herald of Free Enterprise (Zeebrugge disaster) returned verdicts of unlawful killing.

2003 Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger "The Terminator" was elected governor of California.

2005 Many hundreds of people died in Pakistan, north India and Afghanistan following a massive quake.

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