1065 Westminster Abbey was consecrated.
1846 Iowa became the 29th US state.
1856 * Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President from 1912-1920.
1879 The Tay railway bridge in Scotland collapsed killing 90 people
aboard a passing train.
1895 The first commercial movie show at the Grand Cafe in Paris by
the Lumiere Brothers.
1908 An earthquake killed over 75,000 people in Messina, Sicily.
1934 * Maggie Smith, English actress who starred in The Prime of
Miss Jean Brodie (1969).
1950 The first British national park was declared - the Peak
1954 * Denzel Washington, US film actor.
1956 * Nigel Kennedy, English classical violinist.
1957 One of Britain's largest abattoirs closed down after
foot-and-mouth disease was found in cattle waiting to be
1980 TV-am won the breakfast TV franchise.
1993 British customs officials seized £70m of Colombian cocaine
thought to be linked to the Mafia.
2003 The British Government announced plans to tighten airline
security by allowing armed guards on some British flights to the
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