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1577: English ex­plorer and nav­i­ga­tor Sir Fran­cis Drake be­gan his voy­age to sail around the world.

1708: Wil­liam Pitt the El­der, 1st Earl of Chatham, was born in Lon­don.

1738: Astronomer Sir Wil­liam Her­schel, who dis­cov­ered Uranus, was born in Hanover. He died in Slough in 1822.

1899: Win­ston Churchill was cap­tured by the Bo­ers while cov­er­ing the war as a re­porter for the Morn­ing Post. He es­caped a few weeks later.

1901: An elec­tri­cal hear­ing aid was patented by Miller Reese of New York.

1956: Elvis Pres­ley’s first film, Love Me Ten­der, was pre­miered in New York.

1983: The Green­ham Com­mon women’s group mounted their first protest as cruise mis­siles ar­rived at the US air­base in Berk­shire.

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