1642 Charles I clashed with Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads at the
Battle of Edgehill.
1925 * Johnny Carson, US entertainer and chat show host.
1900 * Douglas Jardine, England cricket captain during the
'bodyline' tour of Australia (1923).
1931 * Diana Dors, English actress who starred in the film A Kid for
Two Farthings (1955).
1940 * Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento), legendary Brazilian
1946 The United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for
the first time.
1951 The Conservative leader, Winston Churchill, ended his election
campaign by denying he was a warmonger.
1954 Britain, US, France and USSR agreed to end the occupation of
1956 A Hungarian revolt began against the Soviet leadership of their
1971 British soldiers killed sisters Mary Ellen Meehan and Dorothy
Maguire in a car speeding towards their checkpoint in Belfast.
1983 At least 146 American marines and 27 French servicemen were
killed in two separate bomb attacks on military headquarters in the
Lebanese capital Beirut.
1987 British Champion jockey Lester Piggott was jailed for 3 years
for tax evasion.
2001 In an historic breakthrough the IRA announced they were
decommissioning their weapons.
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