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On This Day in History - 23rd January

Birthdays

1832Edouard Manet, French artist
1899Lord Denning, Master of the Rolls for 20 years
1903Randolph Scott, American film actor
1919Bob Paisley, Former manager of Liverpool FC
1950Patrick Simmons, Of the 'Doobie Brothers'
1957Princess Caroline of Monaco

Events

1556An earthquake in Shensi Province, China, killed 830,000 people
1571The Royal Exchange, in London, was founded
1931The Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova died at her Hampstead Heath home, aged 49
1943British forces captured the city of Tripoli, Libya, from the Germans
1963Kim Philby, the double agent, defected to Russia
1985A House of Lords debate was televised for the first time
1990Gales of up to 115mph caused much damage, and four people were killed
1991During the Gulf War, virtually all of Iraqs radar & runway facilities had been destroyed