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43 BC: Cicero (Mar­cus Tul­lius), the great Ro­man or­a­tor, was ex­e­cuted for a se­ries of at­tacks on Mark Antony.

1732: The orig­i­nal Covent Gar­den Opera House opened with Way Of The World, by Wil­liam Con­greve.

1783: Wil­liam Pitt the Younger be­came the youngest Prime Min­is­ter at the age of 24.

1815: Mar­shal Ney, Napoleon’s most fa­mous gen­eral, was ex­e­cuted for sup­port­ing Napoleon at Water­loo when he was or­dered by the Al­lies to ar­rest him.

1817: Cap­tain Bligh, cap­tain of mutiny ship The Bounty, died.

1941: The Ja­panese at­tacked the US fleet in Pearl Har­bour in Hawaii.

1982: Charles Brooks Jnr, a pris­oner at Fort Worth, was ex­e­cuted by a lethal in­jec­tion, the first to die by this method in the US.

1988: Peter Lan­gan, restau­ra­teur, co-owner with Michael Caine of the fa­mous Lon­don brasserie Lan­gan’s, died in a fire at his home.

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