1431 In Paris, Henry VI of England was crowned King of France.
1598 * Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian sculptor who worked on St.
Peter's Basilica in Rome.
1732 Covent Garden Opera House, known at that time as the Theatre
Royal, was opened.
1783 William Pitt, the Younger, aged 24 became Britain's youngest
1787 Delaware became the first US state.
1817 William Bligh, the captain of the famous "Bounty" died in
1915 * Eli Wallach, US actor who starred in the film Baby Doll
1928 * Professor Noam Chomsky, US linguistics expert.
1932 * Ellen Burstyn (Edna Gillooly), US actress who starred in the
film The Exorcist (1973).
1941 Japan launched a surprise attack on American bases in the
Pacific and declared it was at war with Britain and the United
1955 Mr Attlee resigned as leader of the Labour Party and was made
an Earl by the Queen.
1972 America's final moon mission, Apollo 17, blasted off from Cape
1979 Lord Soames was named transitional governor of Rhodesia to
oversee its progress into legal independence.
1988 A severe earthquake hit Soviet Armenia killing thousands of
1990 The former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was awarded "The
Order Of Merit".
2001 The Taleban regime gave up its last Afghan stronghold of
Kandahar after weeks of bombardment by US warplanes.
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