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6th November

1429 Henry VI was crowned King of England.

1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th US President.

1861 * James A. Naismith, US inventor of basketball.

1893 Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the age of 53.

1924 Tory leader Stanley Baldwin was elected British Prime Minister.

1931 * Mike Nichols (Peschkovsky), German-born US director of the film The Graduate (1967).

1946 * Sally Field, US film actress.

1949 * Nigel Havers, English stage and TV actor.

1956 British and French troops protecting allied interests took control of Suez.

1956 Construction of the Kariba High Dam on the Zambezi River began.

1968 Richard Nixon finally emerged as the next president of the US narrowly beating Hubert Humphrey.

1972 The Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath froze pay and prices in an attempt to halt spiralling inflation.

1986 Forty-five people were feared dead when a Chinook helicopter carrying oil rig workers plunged into the North Sea off the coast of Scotland.

1996 "Comeback Kid" Democratic President Bill Clinton crushed Bob Dole but Republicans retained control of both Houses.

1999 55% of Australians voted to keep Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state in a referendum.

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