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1066 The Battle of Hastings was fought where King Harold was slain by the Normans William the Conqueror.

1644 * William Penn, English founder of a Quaker colony in the US named Pennsylvania.

1884 George Eastman patented photographic film.

1890 * Dwight Eisenhower, US commander in World War 2 and US President (1952-1960).

1928 * Roger Moore, English actor who played James Bond 007 in Live and Let Die (1973).

1940 * Cliff Richard (Harry Webb), English pop singer.

1947 Chuck Yeagar in a Bell XI rocket plane became the first man to break the sound barrier.

1954 The Queen welcomed Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie when he arrived in the UK during his world tour.

1964 Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in civil rights.

1968 The first live telecast from a staffed US spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.

1969 The new seven-sided 50p coin came into circulation.

1973 Dozens of people were killed in the Thai capital of Bangkok in street battles between government troops and demonstrators.

1973 Egyptian and Syrian forces invaded Israel.

1983 Cecil Parkinson Trade and Industry Secretary resigned after fresh details about his affair with a former secretary Sara Keays were revealed.

1990 Composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein died in New York at age 72.

1994 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and two Israelis - the Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres - won the Nobel peace prize.


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