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1994 Yasir Arafat returns from exile Yasir Arafat crosses into the Gaza Strip, ending 27 years of exile.
1977 Virginia Wade wins Wimbledon Virginia Wade wins the Wimbledon women's singles title.
1969 Prince Charles invested as Prince of Wales In a ceremony at Caernarvon Castle, Prince Charles is invested as Prince of Wales by his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
1961 Princess Diana is born Princess Diana is born as Lady Diana Spencer in Park House, Sandringham.
1916 World War 1 - Somme - highest casualty rate 20,000 British soldiers are killed and a further 40,000 injured on the first day of the Battle of the Somme; the highest casualty rate in a single day in modern history.
1908 Cycling - 1st race The first Tour de France race begins.
1900 First Zeppelin flight Count Ferndinand von Zeppelin's airship flew for the first time
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