1605 Guy Fawkes was arrested at the British House of Commons
attempting to blow it and King James I up, on the day the king
prepared to open Parliament.
1879 * Will Rogers, US actor and humorist.
1914 The first fashion show was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New
1916 * Walter Cronkite, award-winning US journalist and television
1918 * Art Carney, US actor who won an Oscar for Harry and Tonto
1942 The German army in North Africa was in full retreat, after
suffering a comprehensive defeat in Egypt at the hands of the 8th
Army under General Bernard Montgomery.
1944 * Loretta Switt, US actress who played Hotlips Houlihan in the
TV series M* A* S* H.
1956 The Soviet air force bombed the Hungarian capital of Budapest
and troops poured into the city in a massive dawn offensive.
1974 M62 bomber Judith Ward was convicted and jailed for life for an
army coach bombing in which 12 people died. Note: Her conviction was
quashed 18 years later.
1979 Militant Islamic students in Iran stormed the US embassy in
Tehran taking 90 people hostage.
1980 Ronald Reagan was elected the 40th US President beating Jimmy
Carter in landslide.
1987 Land's End in Cornwall was sold for nearly £7m to the property
tycoon, Peter de Savary.
1992 Democrat Bill Clinton won the presidential election to become
the 42nd United States president beating the 68-year-old Republican
President George Bush.
1995 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rhabin shot dead by Jewish
extremist Yigal Amir in Tel Aviv.
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