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800 Charlemagne arrives in Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III.

1869 In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched - one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving

1888 Born on this day Adolph Arthur "Harpo" Marx, American comedian, one of the Marx brothers.

1903 Enrico Caruso US debut (Metropolitan Opera House, NY) in "Rigoletto"

1942 The film Casablanca premieres in New York City.

1943 British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operations

1963 Debut of "Doctor Who" the long-running British sci-fi series

1979 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

1991 Freddie Mercury, 45, confirms he has AIDS the day before he dies

2007 MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sank in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands.



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George Brown, founder of the Toronto Globe and one of the Fathers of Confederation, was born on this day in 1818 in Clackmannanshire. Brown and his family emigrated to Canada when he was 25 years old and he set up in business running a print business with his father. Within a year, Brown founded the Globe and Banner newspapers, both of which he used as vehicles for attacking slavery in South America.
He entered Canadian politics in 1851, when he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada.
Several buildings and monuments in Canada are named in Brown's honour, including:
George Brown House, Toronto
George Brown College, Toronto
George Brown statue, Queen's Park, Toronto
George Brown statue, Parliament Hill, Ottowa
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1154 Adrian IV elected Pope. The only Englishman to become pontiff, Nicholas Breakspear was a member of the family which until recent years brewed beer in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

1745 Bonnie Prince Charles reaches Derby

1861 Queen Victoria of Britain forbids the export of gunpowder, firearms and all materials for their production.

1872 The U.S. brigantine Marie Celeste is found adrift and deserted with its cargo intact, in the Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and Portugal.

1947 Tennessee William's play A Streetcar Named Desire premieres on Broadway starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy.

1930 Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control

1952 Killer fogs begin in London, England; the term "Smog" is coined

1961 The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain

1980 Two months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces they will disband

1985 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London




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Francis II of France, heir to the French throne, and the first husband of Mary Queen of Scots, died on this day in 1560, following an ear infection. Mary and Francis had married in 1558 and Francis ascended to the French throne just a year later, after the death of his father Henry II in 1559, in a jousting accident.
Following the death of Francis, who died without leaving an heir, the throne passed to his younger brother Charles, with the boys' mother Catherine de Medici ruling during his minority.
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1620 Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the "First Encounter"

1688 James II abdicates the throne because of William of Orange landing in England.

1792 France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state

1917 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot

1936 Britain's King Edward VIII abdicates the throne to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.

1950 British Physicist Cecil Frank Powell awarded Nobel Prize in Physics for his study of nuclear processes and the discovery of the pion

1951 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball.

1967 The Concorde, a joint British-French venture and the world's first supersonic airliner, is unveiled in Toulouse, France.

1978 Massive demonstrations take place in Tehran against the Shah.

1997 The Kyoto Protocol international treaty intended to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses, opens for signature.

2001 People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.

2012 British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world



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1882 - Olivias Newton-John's grandad was born ...

... Max Born was a German physicist and mathematician who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics. He also made contributions to solid-state physics and optics and supervised the work of a number of notable physicists in the 1920s and 1930s.
Born won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics for his fundamental research in quantum mechanics, especially for his statistical interpretation of the wavefunction.
Charles Galton Darwin asked Born if he would consider becoming his successor as Tait Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, an offer that Born promptly accepted assuming the chair in October 1936.
In Edinburgh, Born promoted the teaching of mathematical physics. He had two German assistants, E. Walter Kellermann and Klaus Fuchs, and together they continued to investigate the mysterious behaviour of electrons.
Born became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1937


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