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1671: Irish adventurer Capt Thomas Blood made an unsuccessful attempt to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

1800: John Brown, US abolitionist, was born.

1860: JM Barrie, Scottish playwright and author of Peter Pan, was born in Kirriemuir, Angus. 1955: West Germany joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato).

1946: Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy, abdicated.

1971: Elizabeth Bonner ran the female world record marathon in a time of 3:01:42.

1978: The body of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro was found in the boot of a car in central Rome, a victim of the Red Brigade.

1988: Australia's new parliament housewas opened by the Queen in Canberra.

1994: Mass murderer Joel Rifkind was found guilty in New York City. 2012: United States President Barack Obama officially stated his support for same sex marriage. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A waxwork figure of Meghan Markle was unveiled less than a fortnight before the royal wedding. BIRTHDAYS: Alan Bennett, playwright and author, 85; Glenda Jackson, actress turned politician, 83; James L Brooks, writer, producer and director, 79; Candice Bergen, actress, 73; Billy Joel, singer, 70; John Corbett, actor, 58; Dave Gahan, singer (Depeche Mode), 57; Neil Ruddock, former footballer, 51.


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Date:May 9, 2019
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