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1628: Charles Per­rault, French writer and col­lec­tor of fairy tales was born in Paris. His Tales Of Mother Goose in­cluded Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood, Sleep­ing Beauty and Puss In Boots. 1866: The Royal Aero­nau­ti­cal So­ci­ety was founded.

1879: The Bri­tish-Zulu War be­gan. 1948: The Lon­don Co-op opened the first su­per­mar­ket in Bri­tain at Manor Park.

1959: Henry Cooper be­came the Bri­tish and Euro­pean heavy­weight box­ing cham­pion when he de­feated Brian Lon­don on points.

1970: Nige­ria’s civil war ended when the Bi­afran army sur­ren­dered.

1976: Dame Agatha Christie, the world’s most suc­cess­ful de­tec­tive story writer, died, aged 85. 1987: Prince Ed­ward re­signed from the Royal Marines.

1990: The break-up of the USSR be­gan as the Baltic states of Es­to­nia, Latvia and Lithua­nia pre­pared for se­ces­sion.

2010: A se­vere 7.0-mag­ni­tude earth­quake hit Haiti. The con­firmed death toll rose above 150,000 in the Port-au-Prince area alone.

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