1649 King Charles I of England was beheaded.
1882 * Franklin Delano Roosevelt, lawyer, US Democrat statesman and
32nd US President.
1888 The author and artist Edward Lear died in San Remo, Italy.
1911 * Roy Eldridge, US jazz trumpeter and composer.
1913 * Percy Thrower, Popular gardener and broadcaster.
1931 * Gene Hackman, US actor who won an Oscar for The French
1933 Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor by German President, von
1937 * Vanessa Redgrave, English stage and film actress.
1948 Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.
1965 The state funeral of Winston Churchill took place in London.
1972 British paratroopers killed 13 people in Londonderry, known as
1979 The Iranian civilian government announced that the exiled
Ayatollah Khomeini would be allowed to
1979 The Rhodesian white minority voted to transfer to majority
2003 A US judge sentenced British-born "shoe bomber" Richard Reid to
life in prison after he tried to
blow up a transatlantic flight from Paris to Miami.
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