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2nd November

1903 The Daily Mirror newspaper was first published in Britain.

1906 * Luchino Visconti, Italian film director of The Leopard (1963).

1913 * Burt Lancaster, US actor who won an Oscar for the film Elmer Gantry (1960).

1920 * Ann Rutherford, Canadian film actress.

1924 The first British crossword appeared in the Sunday Express newspaper.

1942 * Stefanie Powers, US actress who starred in the TV series Hart to Hart.

1948 In the greatest presidential upset in US history, Harry S Truman defeated Thomas E Dewey to become president.

1951 6,000 British troops flew into Egypt the largest troop airlift since the war bringing
reinforcements in to quell unrest in the Canal Zone.

1976 Jimmy Carter was elected the 38th US President.

1982 Channel 4 was launched on British television.

1986 David Jacobsen, an American held hostage in Beirut by Muslim fundamentalists, was released after 17 months in captivity.

1995 The former South African defence minister, General Magnus Malan, was arrested and charged with murdering 13 black people in 1987.

2000 The controversial Ofsted chief inspector of schools in England, Chris Woodhead, resigned.

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