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1792 The foundation stone of the White House was laid by President George Washington.

1843 The Jewish organization B'nai B'rith was founded.

1853 * Lillie Langtry (Emilie Charlotte le Breton), English actress.

1884 Greenwich was adopted as the universal meridian for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

1904 Sigmund Freud's book The Interpretation of Dreams was published.

1921 * Yves Montand (Ivo Livi), Italian-born French singer and actor.

1925 * Margaret Hilda Thatcher, British Prime Minister from 1979-1990.

1941 * Paul Simon, US singer and songwriter who partnered Art Garfunkel.

1943 Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis partner, during WW2.

1954 Long distance runner Chris Chataway broke the 5,000m world record in a time of 13 minutes 51.6 seconds.

1971 British Army engineers blew up minor border roads in Northern Ireland to crack down on IRA gun-running.

1974 Ed Sullivan died in New York City at age 72.

1976 Dozens died on the ground when a Boeing 707 crashed onto a busy city street in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

1988 It was announced that the Turin Shroud was a fake originating from the 13th century.

1992 The British government announced plans to close one third of Britain's deep coal mines, putting 31,000 miners out of work.

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