1939 Dutch hunter shoots English bombers down.
1738 English parliament declares war on Spain (War of Jenkin's Ear).
2003 American-led forces in Iraq dropped thousand-pound bombs on Republican Guard units guarding the gates to Baghdad and battled for control of the strategic city of Nasiriyah. President Bush warned of "further sacrifice" ahead in the face of unexpectedly fierce fighting.
1986 Extremist Sikhs kill 13 hindus in Ludhiana India.
2007 Iran aired a video of 15 captured British sailors and marines; the lone female captive, shown in a white tunic and a black head scarf, said the British boats had "trespassed." (The crew members were released April 4, 2007.)
1960 Scotch factory explodes burying 20 firefighters (Glasgow Scotland).
1970 1,086 die when 7.3 earthquake destroys 254 villages (Gediz Turkey).
1866 1st ambulance goes into service.
1797 Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine.
1979 America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.
2007 In the Philippines, dozens of children were taken hostage on a bus by a day-care center owner armed with grenades and guns; the crisis ended peacefully 10 hours later with the hostage-taker's surrender.
1941 Filling her pockets with stones, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf walked into a river near her home and died in Lewes, England.
1898 The Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Wong Kim Ark that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen.
1930 The names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.
1917 Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv & Jaffa by Turkish authorities.
1994 Armed Zulus demonstrate in Johannesburg, over 53 killed.
Former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski is 80. Country musician Charlie McCoy is 67. Movie director Mike Newell is 66. Actress Conchata Ferrell is 65. Actor Ken Howard is 64. Actress Dianne Wiest is 60. Country singer Reba McEntire is 53. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Bart Conner is 50. Actress Tracey Needham is 41. Actor Max Perlich is 40. Movie director Brett Ratner is 39. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 39. Actor Vince Vaughn is 38. Rapper Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) is 37. Actor Ken L. is 35. Rock musician Dave Keuning is 32. Actress Julia Stiles is 27.
1953 Athlete Jim Thorpe died in Lomita, Calif.
1958 W.C. Handy, the "Father of the Blues," died in New York at age 84.
1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, died in Washington at age 78.
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