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On This Day in History - 14th October

Birthdays

1633King James II, Youngest son of Charles I
1644William Penn, English Quaker who gave his name to Pennsylvania
1890Dwight.D Eisenhower, Wartime General and 34th US President
1894E.E Cummings, American poet
1928Roger Moore, Actor of stage and films (James Bond films)
1940Cliff Richard, Popular singer, whose first hit was 'Move it'
1946Justin Hayward, Of the Pop group the 'Moody Blues'
1960Steve Cram, Record breaking athlete

Events

1066The Battle of Hastings took place on Senlac Hill, near Pevensey
1912An assassin shot Theodore Roosevelt in Milwaukee. A thick coat and documents he was carrying saved his life
1947Chuck Yeager made the first 'Supersonic' flight over Edwards Air Force Base California
1964At the Tokyo Olympics, Mary Rand won a gold medal for the long jump
1968In London, the new Euston railway station was opened
1969The first 50 pence coin was issued in Britain