1503 * Nostrodamus, French astrologer who published a celebrated
book on prophecies in 1555.
1799 The first President of The United States, George Washington
died aged 67.
1819 Alabama became the 22nd US state.
1895 * King George VI, second son of George V and Mary.
1900 Professor Max Planck of Berlin University announced his Quantum
1911 Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach
the South Pole.
1918 Women over thirty were allowed to vote in a British General
election, for the first time.
1935 * Lee Remick, US actress who starred in the film The Long Hot
1946 * Stan Smith, US tennis player, winner of Wimbledon in 1972.
1955 Hugh Gaitskell succeeded Clement Attlee as the new Labour party
1959 Archbishop Makarios was elected the first president of Cyprus.
1962 US spacecraft Mariner II relayed the first pictures of the
planet Venus back to Earth.
1972 Apollo 17, the last manned space mission to the Moon, returned
to Earth, ending America's programme of lunar exploration.
1973 John Paul Getty II set free from his Italian kidnappers after a
$750,000 ransom was paid.
1987 21 crewmen from a Norwegian tanker were killed in the worst
attack on merchant shipping in the Gulf War.
1995 Leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia signed the Dayton Accord
in Paris to end more than three years of bitter conflict.
2003 Ex President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, was arrested after being
found by US soldiers hiding in a cellar.
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