1571 * Johannes Kepler, German astronomer.
1822 * Louis Pasteur, French chemist and bacteriologist who
developed a vaccine for rabies.
1831 Charles Darwin set sail in the Beagle on his voyage of
1904 The first performance of John Barrie's Peter Pan was held in
1904 * Marlene Dietrich, German actress who starred in the film Blue
1927 Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
1945 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was established in
1948 * Gerard Depardieu, French film actor.
1949 The Netherlands transferred sovereignty to Indonesia after more
than 300 years of Dutch rule.
1960 France completed a third nuclear test in the Sahara desert in
1965 Four men were killed and nine still missing after Britain's
first North Sea drilling rig capsized.
1975 The Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts came into force in
1977 Thousands of people flock to UK cinemas to watch the
long-awaited blockbuster, Star Wars.
1984 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was voted "Woman of the Year"
on Radio 4's "Today" programme.
1985 At least 16 people were killed and more than 100 injured during
twin terrorist attacks at Rome and Vienna airports.
1989 Egypt resumed full diplomatic relations with Syria, after a ten
1996 Rwanda's first genocide trial opened for the slaughter of
800,000 Tutsis in 1994.
2004 Ukraine's "orange revolutionaries" celebrated as opposition
leader Viktor Yushchenko was declared winner of the presidential
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