1636 Harvard University was founded in the US.
1793 Eli Whitney applied for a patent for the cotton gin.
1886 The Statue of Liberty was presented by France to the US.
1903 * Evelyn Waugh, English novelist and journalist who wrote
Brideshead Revisited (1945).
1909 * Francis Bacon, British painter.
1919 US Congress passed the National Prohibition Act, over President
Woodrow Wilson's veto.
1929 * Joan Plowright, English Shakespearean actress.
1940 Italy invaded Greece during WW2.
1955 * William Gates III, founder of the Microsoft computer software
1962 The Cuban Missile Crisis came to an end when the USSR withdrew
its missiles from Cuba.
1971 The British House of Commons voted to join the European Common
1979 Chairman Hua Kuo-Feng, the first Chinese leader to visit
Britain, was welcomed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
1974 Sports Minister Denis Howell's wife and young son survived a
bomb attack on their car.
1986 Jeremy Bamber a 24-year-old Essex man was sentenced to life for
killing five members of his family, including his two young nephews.
1999 Possessions of screen goddess Marilyn Monroe were auctioned at
Christie's New York including the dress worn by Monroe when she sang
"Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy which fetched $1.15 million.
2001 Masked gunmen burst into a church in Bahawalpur, eastern
Pakistan killing 18 people including children who were at prayer.
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