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1632 * Sir Christopher Wren, English mathematician - architect of St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

1818 The 49th Parallel, a boundary between Canada and the USA was established.

1891 * Sir James Chadwick, English physicist who discovered the neutron.

1904 * Dame Anna Neagle, English actress who starred in Sixty Glorious Years (1938).

1934 * Timothy West, English stage and television actor.

1935 Mao Tse Tung's 'Long March' ended in Yenan, North China.

1964 The 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, died in New York at age 90.

1967 Thousands of demonstrators in Oakland, California, held the biggest protest yet against the Vietnam War.

1968 Jackie Kennedy, US President Kennedy's widow, married Aristotle Onassis.

1973 The Dalai Lama, leader of Tibet's Buddhists arrived in Britain where he will stayed for 10 days to "administer vows".

1973 The Sydney Opera House was opened by the Queen in Australia.

1983 Maurice Bishop, Grenada's prime minister was "assassinated" and seven of his colleagues killed during a hard-line military coup.

2000 Human rights activist James Mawdsley was released from prison in Burma where he had been held since 1999.

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