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Historical Events

1839 - 1st Grand National steeplechase, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool: Jem Mason wins aboard 5/1 favourite Lottery
1949 - USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
1965 - Dutch government of Marijnen falls
1981 - French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
1987 - Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record
2019 - More than 4,500 complaints of child sexual abuse against migrant children received by US Health Department, Department of Justice received 1,300 more

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Famous Birthdays

1838 - Wendelin WeiƟheimer, German composer and conductor, born in Osthofen (d. 1910)
1845 - Alexander III, Russian tsar (1881-94), born in the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, Russian Empire (3/10 NS)
1928 - Ariel Sharon, Israeli general and politician, Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006), born at Kfar Malal (d. 2014)
1960 - Jaz Coleman, British musician (Killing Joke), born in Cheltenham, United Kingdom
1968 - J. T. Snow, American baseball infielder (NY Yankees, California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
1973 - Marshall Faulk, American NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Famous Deaths

1577 - Erik XIV, King of Sweden (1560-69), dies of arsenic poisoning at 43
1883 - Alexandros Koumoundouros, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1817)
1963 - Artturi Leinonen, Finnish journalist and writer (Kati), dies at 74
1973 - Doc Hayes, American basketball coach (Southern Methodist University 1947-67), dies in an auto accident at 67
1994 - Leopold "Hans" Kohr, Austrian social philosopher, dies at 84
1997 - Nuccio Bertone, Italian automobile designer, dies at 82

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