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1610: Henry IV of France, ''Good King Henry'', was murdered by a mad monk in Paris.

1643: Louis XIV became King of France at the age of four years 231 days - and reigned for more than 72 years. 1727: Artist Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury, Suffolk.

1779: The Oaks was first run at Epsom.

1811: Paraguay proclaimed its independence. 1842: The British periodical Illustrated London News was first published.

1921: The British Legion was founded in London by Earl Haig - it became the Royal British Legion in 1971. 1948: Israel was established as a Jewish state following the partition of Palestine. 1955: Eastern bloc countries signed the Warsaw Pact. 1987: Death of American actress Rita Hayworth. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Labour MP Stephen Timms, a former Treasury minister, was stabbed at a constituency event in east London.
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Date:May 14, 2011
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