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9th November

1841 * King Edward VII, eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

1881 * Dr. Herbert Kalmus, US inventor of Technicolor in 1912.

1888 Jack the Ripper killed his last victim, Mary Jane Kelly.

1909 * Katherine Hepburn, US actress who won 4 Oscars and starred in the film African Queen (1951).

1934 * Carl Sagan, American astrophysicist and author.

1942 * Tom Weiskopf, US golfer who won the British Open in 1973.

1960 John F. Kennedy was elected the youngest ever US President, aged 43.

1965 The biggest power cut in US history blacked out New York and 9 other states.

1970 One of the greatest figures in French history, General Charles de Gaulle, died at his home.

1985 America welcomed Charles and Diana to the States with a gala dinner in Washington hosted by President Reagan.

1985 Russian Gary Kasparov became world chess champion defeating Anatoly Karpov.

1988 "Read my lips, no new taxes" Vice President George Bush swept into the White House as the 41st president of the United States.

1989 Berliners celebrated as the East German government began removing the Berlin Wall.

1993 Lawyers acting for Diana Princess of Wales started legal action over secretly-taken pictures of her exercising at a gym.

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