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Thursday, 19 January 2012

On this day Jan 19th: Zeppelins bomb England

On this day January 19th:
1419-Hundred Years' War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy.
1649-The Puritan parliament began the trial of Charles I for treason. Charles refused to plead, saying that he did not recognise the legality of the High Court.
1736-Aryan Genius James Watt, inventor of the steam engine was born in Scotland.
1807-Robert E. Lee, American Confederate general was born in Stratford Hall, Virginia.
1862-American Civil War: Battle of Mill Springs - The Confederacy suffered its first significant defeat in the conflict.
1915-German Zeppelins bombed the towns of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn, England killing more than 20, in the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target.
1969-20 year old Student Jan Palach died after setting himself on fire 3 days earlier in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968.
1983- Klaus Barbie who was head of the Gestapo in Lyons during WWII, was arrested in Bolivia.
1990-Police in Johannesburg smashed a communist demonstration against English cricketers who had defied a ban on playing in segregated South Africa.

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