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20th November


1787 * Sir Samuel Cunard, ship-owner who was born in Nova Scotia.

1906 Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce formed the Rolls-Royce car company.

1908 * Alistair Cooke, British broadcaster.

1910 In Mexico, Francisco Madero began an armed revolt against the president, Porfirio Diaz.

1925 * Robert Kennedy, US Attorney General from 1961-1964.

1945 The Nuremberg War Crimes trial began. Twenty of Germany's Nazi leaders including Hess and Goering went on trial.

1947 The future Queen Elizabeth 11 married Philip Mountbatten, The Duke of Edinburgh in Westminster Abbey.

1951 More than 1,000 families of British service men began moving out of the Canal Zone town of Ismailia, following the killing of five British soldiers and nine Egyptians.

1956 * Bo Derek, US film actress.

1959 * Sean Young, US film actress.

1975 Spanish Prince, Juan Carlos prepared to take over the reins of power following the death of General Franco.

1979 Anthony Blunt was exposed as the Fourth Man in the Burgess, Maclean, Philby spy ring.

1990 Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, failed to win outright victory in her battle for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

1992 A fierce blaze devastated parts of Windsor Castle in Berkshire, threatening one of the world's greatest collections of art.

1995 Diana Princess of Wales admitted adultery in a BBC TV interview.

1998 The first section of the International Space Station (ISS) was launched from a Russian Proton rocket in Kazakhstan.


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