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NA­TIONAL IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY OF SYRIA

1860: The first world ti­tle fight took place near Farn­bor­ough, Hants, when Tom Say­ers took on Amer­i­can John Heenan. Af­ter 37 rounds - two hours and 27 min­utes - the match was de­clared a draw.

1937: A Bri­tish at­ten­dance record at a foot­ball match was set when 149,547 peo­ple watched Scot­land v Eng­land at Hampden Park, Glas­gow.

1956: Premium Bonds were launched by Chan­cel­lor Harold Macmil­lan.

1960: Amer­i­can rock star Ed­die Cochran died in a car crash near Chip­pen­ham while on tour with Gene Vin­cent.

1961: An at­tempt by Cuban ex­iles and US forces to in­vade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and over­throw Cas­tro’s Com­mu­nist regime, was re­pulsed.

1984: Pc Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead out­side the Libyan Peo­ple’s Bureau in cen­tral Lon­don. She had been polic­ing a small demon­stra­tion out­side the em­bassy.

2013: Mar­garet Thatcher’s fu­neral was held at St.Paul’s Cathe­dral.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Prince Harry was praised for help­ing change at­ti­tudes af­ter re­veal­ing he sought coun­selling to come to terms with the death of his mother.

BIRTH­DAYS: Henry Kelly, DJ and game show host, 72; Jan Ham­mer, com­poser, 70; Olivia Hussey, ac­tress, 67; Pete Shel­ley, singer/gui­tarist (Buz­zcocks), 63; Nick Hornby, nov­el­ist, 61; Sean Bean, ac­tor, 59; Mut­tiah Mu­ralitha­ran, for­mer crick­eter, 46; Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, singer, fash­ion de­signer, busi­ness­woman, 44; Rooney Mara, ac­tress, 33.

> Birth­days: Sean Bean, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham and Rooney Mara

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