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65 BC:Venu­sian Ho­race, Ro­man poet, was born in Apu­lia. 1542:

Mary, Queen of Scots, was born at Lin­lith­gow Palace. 1733:

A Dorset man re­ported see­ing a pol­ished sil­ver disc in the sky - the first known sight­ing of an Uniden­ti­fied Fly­ing Ob­ject, or UFO. 1854:

Pope Pius IX set­tled an an­cient con­tro­versy by declar­ing that Christ’s mother, the Vir­gin Mary, was pre­served from all sin from the mo­ment she was con­ceived. 1859:

Thomas de Quincey, es­say­ist and opium ad­dict, died in Scot­land. 1864:

The Clifton Sus­pen­sion Bridge over the River Avon at Bris­tol, de­signed by Brunel, was opened.

1894: James Thurber, Amer­i­can hu­morist and cre­ator of Walter Mitty, was born in Columbus, Ohio. 1941:

Bri­tain and the United States de­clared war on Ja­pan. 1980:

John Len­non was shot dead in New York by Mark David Chap­man.

1991: Lead­ers of the three republics Rus­sia, Belorus­sia and Ukraine formed a “com­mon­wealth of in­de­pen­dent states” and pro­nounced the Soviet Union dead.

The Clifton Sus­pen­sion Bridge

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