1772 * Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet who wrote The Ancient
1805 At the Battle of Trafalgar, Nelson defeated the French fleet
but died on this day.
1824 Portland cement was patented by Joseph Aspdin of Wakefield,
1917 * Dizzy Gilespie (John Birks), US jazz trumpet player, band
1923 The first planetarium opened in Munich.
1940 * Geoffrey Boycott, Yorkshire and England test cricket player.
1952 The President of the Kenya African Union, Jomo Kenyatta, was
arrested following the declaration of a state of emergency.
1956 * Carrie Fischer, US actress who starred in the film Star Wars
1966 Tragedy hit the Welsh village of Aberfan as a coal slag tip
engulfed a school burying at least 130 people. 85 children were
1982 Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness made history as they become
the first members of Sinn Fein to be elected to the Ulster Assembly.
1984 Austrian Niki Lauda became world motor racing champion for the
2001 A post office worker in Washington becomes the third person to
be diagnosed with anthrax from infected mail.
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