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On This Day in History - 21st September


1756John McAdam, Scottish road engineer after whom Tarmac is named
1866H.G Wells, English writer of 'War of the Worlds'
1923Jimmy Young, Radio DJ/presenter
1931Larry Hagman, US TV & film actor; played J.R in Dallas
1936Leonard Cohen, Singer
1948Stephen King, US novelist & director; 'The Shining' & 'IT'
1950Bill Murray, US comedy film actor; 'Ghostbusters'


1745Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated the English at the Battle of Prestonpans, Scotland
1792France became a republic, abolishing its monarchy
1832Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish novelist, died
1915Stonehenge was sold at auction for 6,600 pounds
1917The country of Latvia proclaimed its independence
1962The 'University Challenge' television programme was broadcast for the first time
1964Malta became independent from Britain within the Commonwealth
1993The first ever meeting between the Pope and the Israeli Chief Rabii took place