1312 * Edward III, King of England from 1327.
1775 US forces commanded by Gen Richard Montgomery, captured
Montreal during the American Revolution.
1850 * Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author of Treasure Island
1907 The first helicopter rose 6 feet above the ground in a field in
1912 * Eugene Ionesco, Romanian born French Playwright
1916 * Jack Elam, US film actor.
1936 King Edward VIII told PM Baldwin that he intended to marry
divorcee Wallis Simpson.
1940 Walt Disney's film Fantasia opened in New York - USA.
1950 * Whoopi Goldberg, US film actress.
1964 Pope Paul VI donated his jewelled tiara, to the poor of the
1969 Britain's first live quintuplets born this century made
satisfactory progress at Queen Charlotte's maternity hospital in
1970 A cyclone and tidal waves struck east Pakistan killing over
1971 Pioneering American space probe Mariner 9 reached Mars and
successfully went into orbit
1979 The Times newspaper was published for the first time following
a year long dispute.
1986 About 20,000 people were feared dead after a volcanic eruption
in northern Colombia.
1995 An 18-year-old student was on a life-support machine after
taking an ecstasy tablet at her 18th birthday party.
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