1821 * Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian author who wrote Crime and
1880 Australian bank robber Ned Kelly was hanged at Melbourne Jail.
1885 * George Smith Patton, US general who led US troops in North
Africa in World War 2.
1918 * Stubby Kaye, US actor and singer who appeared in the film Cat
1918 The Armistice was signed by the Allies and Germany to end World
1954 Thousands of elderly people took part in a rally in London
calling for an increase in their pensions.
1962 * Demi Moore, US film actress.
1965 Ian Smith's Rhodesia government declared independence from
1975 The southern African state of Angola gained its independence
1987 A painting by Vincent Van Gogh was sold for $49m (£27m) - a
world record for a work of art.
1992 The General Synod of the Church of England approved the
ordination of women priests.
2000 At least 150 skiers, many of them children, died in an intense
fire on board a funicular railway in the Austrian Alps.
2004 Yasser Arafat died in hospital in Paris, aged 75, bringing to
an end more than 40 years of rule over the Palestinian people.
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