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1900: En­gine driver Casey Jones died at the throt­tle of the Can­non­ball Ex­press at Illi­nois Cen­tral, slow­ing down the train to save pas­sen­gers’ lives.

1944: The first of 500,000 pre­fab­ri­cated homes (pre­fabs) went on show in Lon­don.

1945: Adolf Hitler shot him­self dead in his un­der­ground bunker be­neath the Chan­cellery in Ber­lin. Eva Braun, whom he had mar­ried the pre­vi­ous day, died be­side him by tak­ing a cyanide pill.

1975: The Viet­nam War ended when the South Viet­nam Gov­ern­ment sur­ren­dered to North Viet­nam. Fight­ing had con­tin­ued de­spite the sign­ing of peace treaties in 1973.

1980: Armed ter­ror­ists seized the Ira­nian Em­bassy in Lon­don and threat­ened to blow it up if their de­mands were not met.

1993: Ten­nis player Monica Se­les, above, was stabbed by an ob­sessed fan dur­ing a quar­ter-fi­nal match of the 1993 Cit­i­zen Cup in Ham­burg, Ger­many.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Joint re­search be­tween the UK and US was launched, to in­ves­ti­gate con­cerns that a huge Antarc­tic glacier could col­lapse within decades, caus­ing a rapid rise in sea lev­els. BIRTH­DAYS: Willie Nel­son, coun­try singer, 86; Burt Young, ac­tor, 79; King Carl Gustaf of Swe­den, 73; Jane Cam­pion, film direc­tor, 65; Kirsten Dunst, ac­tress, 37; Dianna Agron, ac­tress/ singer, 33.

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