1170 Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered at
Canterbury Cathedral by four knights acting under the orders of
1766 * Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist and inventor of
waterproof clothing material.
1800 * Charles Goodyear, US inventor of vulcanized rubber.
1890 The last major battle of the Indian Wars, at Wounded Knee
Creek, took place with hundreds of Indians massacred.
1911 Sun Yat-sen became the first president of a republican China
following the revolution.
1918 The Sunday Express newspaper was published for the first time.
1937 * Mary Tyler Moore, US actress who starred in her own
1937 The Irish Republic changed its name to Eire as a new
constitution was implemented.
1938 * Jon Voight, US actor who starred in the film Midnight Cowboy
1951 The first transistor hearing aid went on sale in the US.
1975 Radical new legislation introducing a woman's right to equal
pay and status came into force in the UK.
1984 Rajiv Gandhi won a massive victory for his assassinated
mother's Congress Party in the Indian general election.
1986 Lord Stockton, the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, dies
at the age of 92.
1989 Vaclav Havel became President of Czechoslovakia.
1998 Six people were killed when mountainous seas smashed into
yachts taking part in the prestigious Sydney to Hobart race.
2000 Freezing Britain ground to a halt when blanket of snow
descended on the country as Arctic conditions disrupt travel.
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