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On This Day in History - 1st September

Birthdays

1834Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer
1854Engelbert Humperdinck, German composer
1875Edgar Rice Burroughs, American novelist
1923Rocky Marciano, American former boxing champion
1931Lord (Cecil) Parkinson, Conservative politician
1933Conway Twitty, Rock star and country music act in the 1950's
1946Barry Gibb, Singer and guitarist ('Bee Gees')
1957Gloria Estefan, Cuban born Pop singer

Events

1920The state of Lebanon was created by France, Beirut becoming the capital
1923An earthquake struck Japan, killing 300,000 people in Tokyo and Yokohama
1933H.G Wells published his science fiction novel 'The Shape of the Things to Come'
1951Britains first supermarket opened in Earls Court, London
1971The one penny and threepenny coins, ceased to be legal tender in Britain
1974The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird fighter created a new record by flying the Atlantic in under 2 hours
1979Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to flyby the planet Saturn
1981Garages in Britain began selling petrol in litres
1985After 73 years the wreck of the 'Titanic' is found by Dr Robert Ballard