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1874: GK Chesterton, author and poet, was born in Kensington, London. His detective Father Brown was based on Father John O'Connor, who received him into the Catholic Church.

1911: Sir William Gilbert, librettist of Gilbert & Sullivan operas, died after rescuing two women from a garden pond.

1942: Bing Crosby recorded the world's top selling disc, White Christmas.

1953: Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first two climbers to reach the summit of Everest. The news broke on Coronation Day, June 2.

1985: Some 39 football fans were killed when a wall collapsed during crowd violence at Heysel Stadium, Brussels, before the Liverpool v Juventus European Cup Final.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 29, 2008
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