1869 The formal opening of the Suez Canal took place.
1907 Oklahoma became the 46th US state.
1908 * Burgess Meredith, US actor who played the Penguin in the TV
1933 The United States and the Soviet Union established full
1942 * Willie Carson, Scottish-born jockey who was five-time English
1953 * Griff Rhys Jones, British comedy actor and writer.
1959 The Sound of Music was performed for the first time on
1960 Gilbert Harding, the TV personality with a reputation for
1961 * Frank Bruno, English heavyweight boxer.
1965 The USSR launched the Venus III unmanned spacecraft that
eventually landed on Venus.
1976 Seven men who took part in an £8m bank robbery on the Bank of
America in Mayfair, London, received jail terms totalling nearly 100
1979 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher named Sir Anthony Blunt, a
former security service officer, as the "fourth man" in the Philby
1983 More than 20 English football supporters were arrested in
Luxembourg after a night of violence.
1995 The Queen Mother had her right hip replaced in a successful
operation in London.
2004 President George W Bush nominated Condoleezza Rice to replace
Colin Powell as secretary of state.
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