1. 1547 - Ivan the Terrible is crowned the first Czar of Russia
2. 1925 - Leon Trotsky is dismissed as Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of the USSR
3. 1942 - Actress Carole Lombard, the wife of actor Clark Gable, dies in a plane crash
4. 1945 - Adolf Hitler and his companion, Eva Braun, takes to his underground bunker, where he remains for 105 days until he commits suicide
5. 1974 - Kate Moss is born
6. 1979 - The Shah of Iran flees into exile following months of increasingly violent protests against his regime
7. 1980 - Paul McCartney is jailed in Tokyo for possession of a half pound of marijuana. He spends ten days behind bars before being kicked-out of the country by Japanese authorities.
8. 1982 - Britain and the Vatican resume full diplomatic relations after a break of over 400 years.
9. 2001 - Laurent Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is assassinated
10. 2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia launches on its final mission
11. 2009 - It is announced that Bank Of America will receive $20bn in fresh US government aid and $118bn worth of guarantees against bad assets
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