1628 * John Bunyan, English minister and preacher who wrote The
Pilgrim's Progress (1678).
1835 * Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), US author of The Adventures of
Tom Sawyer (1876).
1840 Napoleon Bonaparte's remains were returned from St. Helena to
1874 * Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister during World
1900 Irish author Oscar Wilde died in Paris at the age 46.
1913 Charlie Chaplin made his film debut in Making a Living.
1922 The first purpose-built aircraft carrier, the Japanese Hosho
began its first sea trials.
1936 The "Crystal Palace" in London, was destroyed by fire.
1954 The Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, celebrated his 80th
1955 * Billy Idol, English rock singer.
1955 Floodlights were used for the first time at Wembley Stadium,
during an international game with Spain.
1966 Barbados celebrated becoming independent from Great Britain.
1968 The Trade Descriptions Act - which comes into force
1982 A letter bomb from a group called the Animal Rights Militia,
exploded inside 10 Downing Street the British Prime Minister's
London residence, injuring a member of staff.
1983 Dutch brewing millionaire Alfred Heineken was kidnapped in
Amsterdam but later freed.
1994 Almost 1,000 people were forced to abandon the Achille Lauro in
the Indian Ocean off east Africa after it caught fire.
1995 Bill Clinton, the first serving US president to visit Northern
Ireland, received a rapturous welcome by both Catholics and
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