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1453: The Hundred Years War ended when the French defeated the English at Castillon.

1717: George I, Hanoverian King of England, held a public concert on the Thames for Handel to conduct his hour-long Water Music. The King enjoyed it so much he asked for two complete encores.

1841: The first issue of the magazine Punch was published in London.

1889: Erle Stanley Gardner, US author and lawyer who created Perry Mason, was born.

1917: The British Royal family adopted the name House of Windsor in place of House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

1945: The Potsdam Conference began with world leaders Truman, Stalin and Churchill planning for the future peace at the end of the Second World War.

1955: Walt Disney's Disneyland was opened in California. 1959: Billie Holiday, jazz singer probably the greatest of them all - was arrested on her death bed in hospital for possession of narcotics. She died later that day. 1975: An international space link-up between US astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts took place when they crossed over from their docked spacecraft and shook hands 140 miles above Britain's south coast.
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Date:Jul 17, 2009
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