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2003 NASA - Shuttle Columbia breaks up on re-entry Seven astronauts die as space shuttle Columbia breaks up on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere leaving NASA and the world in a state of shock and disbelief.
1991 Remaining [cata} laws abolished South African president Frederik de Klerk announces the abolition of the last remaining apartheid laws.
1991 Air Crash - Airliners collide killing 35 A USAir jetliner crashes onto the top of a commuter plane at Los Angeles International Airport, killing 35 people.
1979 Ayatollah Khomeini returns from exile Ayatollah Khomeini receives a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ends nearly 15 years of exile.
1966 Buster Keaton dies Silent film star Buster Keaton dies of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California.
1953 Storms kill hundreds Violent storms wreak havoc up and down the East coast of Britain claiming hundreds of lives.
1952 TV detector vans launched TV detector vans are launched in the UK to catch unlicensed TV users
1946 United Nations Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.
1942 Terry Jones born Terry Jones, Monty Python comedian is born
1931 Boris Yeltsin born Boris Yeltsin, former president of Russia is born
1901 Clark Gable born American film star Clark Gable is born
1896 Giacomo Puccini - La Boheme Giacomo Puccini's opera "La Boheme" is premiered in Turin, Italy.
1893 Thomas Edison - First motion picture studio Inventor Thomas Edison completes work on the world's first motion picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
1851 Mary Shelley dies Mary Shelley dies of a brain tumour in London.
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