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On This Day in History - 13th June

Birthdays

1574Richard Barnfield, English poet
1795Thomas Arnold, Head of Rugby school
1831James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist
1910Mary Whitehouse, Television campaigner
1943Malcolm McDowell, Film actor
1958Peter Scudamore, English jockey

Events

1944The first German V1 flying bomb landed on England
1950The White assembly decided to split South Africa into white & black areas
1971Francois Mitterrand was named as head of Socialist Party
1981A youth fired blanks at the Queen, during Trooping the Colour
1982Saudi Arabian King Khalid died
1982Argentine forces surrendered to the British in the Falklands conflict
1983Roy Jenkins resigned as the leader of the SDP
1983Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system
1989Sprinter Ben Johnson admitted to using steroids
1990The official removal of the Berlin Wall began