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On This Day in History - 16th June


1858King Gustav V of Sweden
1890Stan Laurel, English born comedy actor
1912Enoch Powell, British politician
1927Tony Gravney, Cricketer
1946Simon Williams, Actor


1948Double yellow lines were used for the first time on British roads
1951The People's Party was founded in India
1963Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space
1972Burglars were caught inside the Watergate building, which caused the downfall of President Nixon
1976Race riots in South Africa left six people dead
1977Britain broke all diplomatic links with Uganda
1981An alliaince between the Liberals and the SDP was announced
1983Mr Andropov was elected the President of the Soviet Union