1582 William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway.
1701 * Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer who devised the Celsius
thermometer in 1742.
1894 * Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist who founded the
Matsushita Electric Co.
1895 The French playwright Alexandre Dumas died.
1914 The first two British policewomen Mary Allen and E F Harburn
reported for duty in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
1925 * Ernie Wise, English comedian and one half of the double-act
with Eric Morecambe.
1942 * Jimi Hendrix, US guitarist and singer who recorded the song
'Purple Haze' (1967).
1944 4,000 Tons of high explosives went off in a cavern in
Staffordshire killing 68 people.
1961 The Royal Air Force began airlifts of supplies to desperate
flood victims in Somalia.
1967 President Charles de Gaulle of France refused Britain's entry
into the Common Market.
1970 Pope Paul VI was attacked at the Manila airport by a Bolivian
painter disguised as a priest.
1975 Ross McWhirter, the BBC TV presenter and co-founder of the
Guinness Book of Records was shot and killed outside his home by an
1990 John Major won the Conservatives leadership election, becoming
Britain's new prime minister.
2000 A 10-year-old schoolboy Damilola Taylor died after being
stabbed in the leg by a gang of hooded attackers near his home in
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