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1735 * John Adams, US President (1797-1801) who signed the Declaration of Independence.

1914 The Battle of Ypres during World War 1 began.

1922 Benito Mussolini became Italy's youngest Prime Minister.

1925 John Logie Baird achieved the first television pictures at his studio in London.

1935 * Michael Winner, English film producer and director of the Death Wish movies.

1938 Orson Welles radio production of War of the Worlds caused panic in the US.

1945 * Henry Winkler, US actor who played the Fonz in the TV series Happy Days.

1953 US Gen. George C Marshall won the Nobel Peace Prize for originating the Marshall Plan.

1957 The Government revealed details of plans to reform the House of Lords which included creating the first women life peerages.

1960 * Diego Maradona, Argentinean soccer player.

1961 Russia exploded biggest ever nuclear device provoking widespread anger from around the world.

1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire 'the rumble in the jungle' to regain his world heavyweight title.

1981 Nicholas Reed, the secretary of the UK's pro-euthanasia group Exit was sentenced to two and a half years for aiding and abetting suicide.

1984 Father Jerzy Popieluszko, an outspoken supporter of Poland's banned trade union, was found dead
11 days after he was kidnapped.

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