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22nd November

1718 Edward Teach "Blackbeard the pirate", was killed off the east coast of North America.

1808 * Thomas Cook, Founder of the Thomas Cook travel agents.

1819 * George Eliot (Mary Evans), female author who wrote Silas Marner (1861).

1842 US volcano Mount St Helens in Washington state erupted, with ash falling up to 50 miles away.

1890 * General Charles de Gaulle, French President from 1959 - 1970.

1906 At the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin, "S-O-S" was adopted as the distress signal.

1932 * Robert Vaughn, US actor who starred in the TV series The Man from UNCLE.

1946 The first biro ballpoint pen went on sale, invented by Hungarian Laslo Biro.

1958 * Jamie Lee Curtis, US actress and daughter of US actor Tony Curtis.

1963 US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while on a visit to Dallas, Texas.

1971 Five teenagers and their female instructor died in one of Scotland's worst mountaineering accidents.

1975 King Juan Carlos was sworn in as King of Spain following the death of Franco.

1986 Mike Tyson became the youngest ever world heavyweight boxing champion, aged 20.

1990 A tearful Margaret Thatcher quit as British prime minister.

1995 Britain's most prolific female serial killer, Rosemary West, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 10 young women and girls.

1997 The lead singer of Australian rock band INXS and partner of British television star Paula Yates, was found dead in Sydney.

2003 In a nail biting final in Sydney, England's rugby team won the World Cup, beating Australia 20-17.

2005 Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democrats, was sworn in as Germany's first woman chancellor.

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