1400 Geoffrey Chaucer died in London.
1415 The Battle of Agencourt took place in Calais, France where
Henry V defeated the French.
1825 * Johann Strauss, Austrian composer of Die Fledermaus (1874).
1838 * Georges Bizet, French composer best known for his opera
1839 The world's first railway timetable was published in
1854 The Charge of the Light Brigade took place at Balaklava during
the Crimean War.
1881 The airbrush was patented by L.L. Curtis in the US.
1881 * Pablo Picasso, Spanish sculptor and painter who introduced
1962 John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
1964 President Kaunda took over in Zambia the ninth African state to
gain independence from the British crown.
1967 * Julia Roberts, US film actress.
1971 The U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and
1976 The Queen officially opened the National Theatre on the South
Bank in London.
1983 2,000 US troops invaded Grenada after a left-wing coup when
prime minister, Maurice Bishop, was killed.
1984 The EEC donated £1.8 million emergency aid to help combat the
famine in Ethiopia.
1999 US golf champion Payne Stewart was killed when his Learjet
crashed after flying out of control.
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