1469 Ferdinand II of Aragón married Isabella of Castile, uniting
Spain and making it a dominant world power.
1697 * Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canale), Italian painter of
scenes from Venice.
1873 The rules of American football were formulated in New York.
1887 Russia transferred Alaska to the USA for $7,200,000.
1922 The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) was formed.
1926 * Chuck Berry, US singer who sang the song 'Roll Over,
1927 * George C. Scott, US actor who won an Oscar for the film
1931 Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, New Jersey at
1956 * Martina Navratilova, Czech-born US tennis player who won
Wimbledon 9 times.
1963 Harold Macmillan resigned as British Prime Minister and was
succeeded by Lord Home.
1967 The Soviet Union successfully sent a space probe into the
atmosphere of the planet Venus for the first time.
1968 The US Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes Tommie
Smith and John Carlos, for giving a 'black power' salute during a
victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
1976 The funeral of Carlo Gambino, American Mafia boss took place in
1989 After a series of health problems, Communist leader of East
Germany, Erich Honecker, was forced to step down as leader of the
2000 The 35-year-old actress Liz Hurley outraged fellow actors by
filming an advert during the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) strike.
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