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322 BC The Greek philosopher Aristotle dies.

1809 Aeronaut Jean Pierre Blanchard -- the first person to make an aerial voyage in the New World -- dies at the age of 56.

1875 Born on this day Maurice Ravel, composer ("Bolero").

1876 Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for the telephone.

1904 The Japanese bomb the Russian town of Vladivostok.

1912 Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole

1927 A Texas law that bans Negroes from voting is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

1933 The board game Monopoly is invented.

1935 Malcolm Campbell sets an auto speed record of 276.8 mph in Florida.

1968 The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in colour on television.

1989 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"



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On this day in 1911, Sir Fitzroy MacLean, the man said to have inspired Ian Fleming's James Bond character, was born. Maclean was the son of Scottish nobleman Major Charles Wilberforce MacLean, whose ancestral home was Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull. Fitzroy MacLean was one of the founders of the SAS and during World War Two, was selected by Churchill to parachute into German-occupied Yugoslavia and gain Allied support.

On retirement, MacLean wrote extensively on Scottish history and became patron of a Strachur and District Shinty Club. He amassed a large library of books, including early editions of James Bond novels.
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44 BC The Ides of March Julius Caesar is assassinated by high-ranking Roman Senators.

1493 Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World.

1778 In command of two frigates, the Frenchman la Perouse sails east from Botany Bay for the last lap of his voyage around the world.

1903 The British complete the conquest of Nigeria.

1904 Three hundred Russians are killed as the Japanese shell Port Arthur in Korea.

1916 General John Pershing and his 15,000 troops chase Pancho Villa into Mexico.

1935 Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda bans four Berlin newspapers.

1944 Cassino, Italy is destroyed by Allied bombing.

1949 Almost four years after the end of World War II, clothes rationing in Great Britain ends.

1955 The U.S. Air Force unveils the first self-guided missile.

1956 The first performance of My Fair Lady, starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, takes place on Broadway.

1991 Four Los Angeles police are charged in the beating of Rodney King.


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1760 The Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings.

1841 Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue, considered the first detective story, is published.

1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is published.

1918 The Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union ask for American aid to rebuild their army.

1932 The German dirigible, Graf Zepplin, makes the first flight to South America on regular schedule.

1940 The British Royal Air Force conducts an all-night air raid on the Nazi airbase at Sylt, Germany.

1943 The Allies attack Field Marshall Erwin Rommel's forces on the Mareth Line in North Africa.

1976 Patty Hearst is convicted of armed robbery.


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Gaelic scholar Ewan MacLachlan, who devoted his life to translating classical works intto Gaelic died on this day in 1822.

Maclachlan was educated at Aberdeen University and employed as headmaster of Aberdeen grammar school for twelve years.

He is famed for his translations of classical works such as The Iliad into Gaelic and was a major contributor to the Gaelic-English Dictionary, published after his death, in 1828.
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1693 Born on this day John Harrison, Englishman who invented the chronometer.

1732 Born on this day Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer.

1779 Russia and Turkey sign a treaty by which they promise to take no military action in the Crimea.

1836 The first monthly instalment of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens is published in London.

1854 Born on this day Sir Dugald Clerk, inventor of the two-stroke motorbike engine.

1889 The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opens on the Left Bank as part of the Exhibition of 1889.

1921 Great Britain declares a state of emergency because of the thousands of coal miners on strike.

1949 Winston Churchill declares that the A-bomb was the only thing that kept the Soviet Union from taking over Europe.




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1614 Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.

1827 Born on this day Joseph Lister, English physician, founded the idea of using antiseptics during surgery.

1843 Queen Victoria proclaims Hong Kong a British crown colony.

1900 Born on this day Spencer Tracy, actor (Adam's Rib, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner).

1916 Born on this day Gregory Peck, film actor (To Kill a Mockingbird).

1919 Eamon de Valera becomes president of Ireland.

1930 Mahatma Gandhi defies British law by making salt in India instead of buying it from the British.

1941 German commandos secure docks along the Danube River in preparation for Germany's invasion of the Balkans.

1943 The British 8th Army attacks the next blocking position of the retreating Axis forces at Wadi Akarit.

1951 Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage.

1955 Winston Churchill resigns as British prime minister.

1986 A bomb explodes in a West Berlin disco packed with American soldiers.


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On this day in 1968, Scottish Formula One racing driver Jim Clark OBE was killed in Hockenheim, Germany, whilst competing in a race. Clark was born in Fife and began his racing career in local events in the hills around his home in the Scottish Borders.

He won two Formula One World Championships (in 1963 and 1965). Clark died at the age of 32 and is buried in Chirnside, Berwickshire.
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John Galt, publisher of the first full biography of Lord Byron and founder of the city of Guelph, died on this day in 1839 at the age of 59.

Galt was originally an administration clerk who for many years, dabbled in both publishing and trading. In 1824, he was appointed Secretary to the Canada company and it was whilst in Canada that he founded Guelph.

All three of his sons became involved in Canadian political life, with his son Alexander becoming Canada's first Minister of Finance.
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1194 Richard I (the Lionheart) was crowned king of England for the second time, after earlier surrendering his kingdom to the Holy Roman emperor Henry VI.

1524 Present-day New York Harbour is discovered by Giovanni da Verrazzano.

1875 The game "snooker" is invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India

1929 Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson, a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married.

1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

1956 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain

1979 Four Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb in Bessbrook, County Armagh; the bomb is believed to be the largest PIRA bomb used up to that point

2012 The 8th century St. Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, is purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds





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Harbourne Mackay Stephen, the Battle of Britain fighter pilot, was born in Elgin on this day in 1916. He was the first airman to be awarded a Distinguished Service Order (pictured) in the field and became famed for shooting down five enemy aircraft in one day during the Battle of Britain.

After the war, he continued his pre-war career of journalism and went on to become managing director of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. He died in 2001 at the age of 85.
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On this day in 1558, Mary Queen of Scots married the Dauphin of France at Notre Dame de Paris. Fifteen-year-old Mary became Queen Consort of France by the marriage and the union also made fourteen-year-old Francis King Consort of Scotland.

The marriage produced no children and Francis died in 1560, ruling France for just eighteen months.
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1599 Oliver Cromwell, lord protector of England (1653-1658) was born

1719 Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe is published in London.

1792 The guillotine is first used to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier.

1859 Work begins on the Suez Canal in Egypt.

1915 Australian and New Zealand troops land at Gallipoli in Turkey

1917 Ella Fitzgerald, American singer was born

1926 Puccini's opera Turandot premiers at La Scala in Milan with Arturo Toscanini conducting.

1951 After a three day fight against Chinese Communist Forces, the Gloucestershire Regiment is annihilated on "Gloucester Hill," in Korea. ( I googled this up and noted that the UN Commander stated that this act was 'the most outstanding example of bravery in modern war'

1953 The magazine Nature publishes an article by biologists Francis Crick and James Watson, describing the "double helix" of DNA.

1956 Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" goes to number one on the charts.

1959 The St. Lawrence Seaway--linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes--opens to shipping.

1960 The first submerged circumnavigation of the Earth is completed by a Triton submarine.

1971 The country of Bangladesh is established.




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1497 John Cabot's expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across the Atlantic

1519 Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci—whose works, notably the painting Mona Lisa, were among the most famous in the world—died in Cloux, France.

1611 The King James Version of the Bible was first published.

1803 The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France at a rate of less than three cents per acre for 828,000 square miles (2,144,520 square km), which soon proved to be a tremendous bargain.

1892 Manfred, Freiherr (baron) von Richthofen (the “Red Baron”), Germany's top aviator and leading ace in World War I, was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland).

1903 American paediatrician Benjamin Spock—who wrote a number of influential works on child rearing, notably Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946), which sold more than 50 million copies worldwide—was born.

1946 An attempted prison escape by six inmates at Alcatraz resulted in two days of violent fighting, which became known as the Battle of Alcatraz.

2011 Osama bin Laden—founder of the militant Islamist organization al-Qaeda and mastermind of numerous terrorist attacks, notably the September 11, 2001, attacks—was killed by U.S. forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.





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Philosopher David Hume, the man credited with introducing social history, was born on this day in 1711.

Hume is regarded as one of the world’s greatest ever philosophers and authored works including A Treatise on Human Nature and An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. His mammoth History of England took fifteen years to write and ran to one million words. It was published in six volumes between 1754 and 1762.
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