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On This Day in History - 19th April

Birthdays

1900Richard Hughes, Novelist
1925Hugh O'Brien, American actor
1933Jayne Mansfield, American actress
1935Dudley Moore, Comedy actor & TV star, Partner of Peter Cook
1946Tim Curry, Actor
1947Trevor Francis, English footballer & manager
1956Sue Barker, Tennis player and broadcaster

Events

1587English captain Francis Drake sank the Spanish fleet in Cadiz harbour
1775The American War of Independence, against the British, began
1882Charles Darwin, the developer of the theory of evolution, died
1951The first 'Miss World' contest was held in London, as part of the Festival of Britain
1956Film star Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco
1971The Soviet Union launched the first manned spacelab, Salyut 1
1972Bangladesh joined the Commonwealth
1982The Soviet Union launched the Salyut 7 space station
1995A massive bomb explosion destroyed much of a federal building in Oklahoma City, USA