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On This Day in History - 19th June

Birthdays

1566James VI of Scotland & England
1623Blaise Pascal, French mathematician
1861Douglas Haig, British field marshal
1947Salman Rushdie, British novelist
1954Kathleen Turner, American film actress

Events

1917Women over the age of 30 got the vote in Britain
1919The captured German fleet was destroyed at Scapa Flow, Shetland
1937J.M Barrie, the Scottish author of 'Peter Pan', died
1961The United Kingdom gave up control of Kuwait
1963Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space
1970Edward Heath became PM, when the Conservative Party won the General Election
1978OPEC agreed not to increase oil prices until end of the year
1985The airport in Frankfurt, Germany, was bombed by terrorists