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1187 – Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, destroys Jerusalem’s crusader army at the Battle of the Horns of Hattin.

1767 – Pitcairn Island is discovered by midshipman Robert Pitcairn, who was aboard the British sloop HMS Swallow.

1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg ends in failure for Confederat­e soldiers, a decisive loss in the American Civil War.

1963 – A National Airways Corp DC3 crashes in the Kaimai Range in fierce winds, killing 23 people. 1969 – Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones is found dead in his swimming pool, from an apparent accidental drowning.

1970 – Australian tennis player Margaret Court, left, defeats Billie Jean King 14-12, 11-9 for her third and final Wimbledon singles title.

1971 – Singer Jim Morrison of The Doors dies in Paris aged 27. 1976 – Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg wins the first of his five straight Wimbledon titles.

1985 – Back to the Future is released in movie theatres.

1988 – A United States Navy cruiser shoots down an Iranian passenger jet that it mistakes for a hostile aircraft, killing 290 people.

2012 – Andy Griffith, of the television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, dies aged 86.

2015 – Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh, 55, is stabbed to death at his home in South Australia. His 26-year-old son is charged with his murder. Birthdays Sir Apirana Ngata, NZ politician (1874-1950); Peter McKeefrey, NZ’s first cardinal (1899-1973 ); Gloria Allred, US lawyer/feminist (1941-); Ewen Chatfield, NZ cricketer (1950-); Sir Richard Hadlee, NZ cricketer (1951-); Tom Cruise, US actor (1962-); Nigel Latta, NZ psychologi­st and TV presenter (1967-); Julian Assange, Australian founder of Wikileaks (1971-); Harbhajan Singh, Indian cricketer (1980-); Sebastian Vettel, German racing driver (1987-); Winston Reid, NZ footballer (1988-).

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