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View todays celebrity birthdays and find out what happened in history today.

2014: Comedian/actor Rik Mayall dies aged 56. 

Celebrity : birthdays
Jackie Mason, comedian, 93; Francis Monkman, keyboards/composer, 72; Patricia Cornwell, author, 65; Michael J Fox, actor, 60; Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter, 60; Johnny Depp, actor, 58; Gloria Reuben, actress, 57; Ed Simons, keyboards (The Chemical Brothers) 51; Matt Bellamy, singer-guitarist/pianist (Muse) 43; Natalie Portman (Neta-Lee Herschlag) actress, 40.
What day is it?
USA: National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day. USA: National Donald Duck Day.
this day : in history

1899: James J Jeffries KOs defending champion Bob Fitzsimmons of England in the 11th round in Brooklyn, New York to win the lineal World Heavyweight title. 

1908: Edward VII visits Tsar Nicholas II at Reval, Russia, where the two discuss the growing power of Germany and British plans for reform in Macedonia.

1930: Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle is killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station by the Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a $100,000 gambling debt owed to Al Capone.

1934: The first appearance of Donald Duck in the cartoon “The Wise Little Hen”.

1940: Gen Charles de Gaulle and Winston Churchill meet for the first time.

1942: Nazis kill all inhabitants of Lidice, which had been implicated in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, controller of Bohemia and Moravia.

1946: Bhumibol Adulyadej becomes King of Thailand after the death of his brother King Ananda Mahidol. On the same day, Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in Round 8 for the heavyweight boxing title.

1958: The Queen opens Gatwick Airport. On the same day, actor Robert Donat dies aged 53.

1968: Ken Rosewall beats Rod Laver 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 to win the French Open tennis title, the first Grand Slam tournament of the open era , allowing professional players to compete.

1978: Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for the heavyweight boxing title.

1980: Comedian Richard Pryor suffers burns from free basing cocaine.

1983: Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party wins the general election.

1984: Martina Navratilova defeats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-1, becoming the second woman in the open era to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once.

1985: American Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped and held hostage in Lebanon. On the same day, the USSR’s Vega 1 deposits a lander on the surface of Venus.

1990: Monica Seles wins her first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, beating Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4.

1991: Bruce Springsteen marries E Street Band backup singer Patti Scialfa.

1997: British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires.

1998: Liam Gallagher and Mick Hucknall were involved in a brawl at The Metropolitan Hotel, London.

2013: Edward Snowden publicly makes his identity known as the leaker of NSA documents.

2014: Comedian/actor Rik Mayall dies aged 56.

2015: Bandleader James Last dies aged 86.

2017: 1960s Batman actor Adam West dies aged 88.

2019: Over 1 million people protest in Hong Kong over proposed new extradition laws to China in one of largest-ever protests in the city.