1512 The paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by
Michelangelo's were shown to the public for the first time.
1755 Earthquake and a tsunami destroyed Lisbon and claiming over
1887 * L.S. Lowry, English painter of distinctive 'matchstick'
1915 * Michael Denison, English actor who starred in The Importance
of Being Earnest (1952).
1935 * Gary Player, South African golf player and winner of all 4 of
the major championships.
1956 Premium Bonds went on sale in Britain for the first time.
1961 The body of Stalin was removed from Lenin's Mausoleum in Red
1962 * Sharon Davies, English Olympic swimmer.
1966 At least eight people were killed including an American officer
when Viet Cong artillery shelled Saigon.
1970 A fire at a nightclub in St Laurent du Pont, near Grenoble,
France killed 142 people, most of them teenagers.
1972 Orissa, India was struck by a tidal wave killing some 10,000
1984 Rioting broke out in parts of India following yesterday's
assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
1986 A catastrophic fire at a chemicals factory near Basel,
Switzerland, sent tons of toxic chemicals into the nearby river
1988 Batman's sidekick, Robin, was killed off in edition 428 of DC
1990 The UK's deputy Prime Minister, Sir Geoffrey Howe, resigned
after disagreements over the government's Europe policy.
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