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1985 South African currency crashes Following further racial violence and unprecedented criticism of South Africa by black leaders, the South African currency, the Rand falls to its lowest ever rate against the dollar.
1979 Soldiers killed by bombs Two booby-trapped IRA bombs explode killing 18 British soldiers at Warrenpoint, South Down.
1979 Lord Mountbatten killed by IRA bomb Lord Louis Mountbatten is killed by an IRA bomb on his boat.
1975 Haile Selassie dies The last emporer of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie dies in Addis Ababa at the age of 83. He had been overthrown as ruler a year earlier.
1967 Brian Epstein found dead The Beatles manager Brian Epstein is found dead in his home in Belgravia, London.
1966 Francis Chichester starts round the world voyage Yachtsman Francis Chichester sets sail in Gypsy Moth IV from Plymouth to attempt a solo round the world voyage.
1908 US Presidents 36th US President Lyndon Johnson is born near Stonewall, Texas.
1813 French army defeats Austria The French army, commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte, defeats a larger Austrian army at the Battle of Dresden.
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