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On July the 7th
British musician, Syd Barrett, died at the age of 49. He is most known for having been one of the early members of the Pink Floyd band.
A series of terrorist bombings took place on London's public transport system, resulting in the death of 52 people, as well as four suicide bombers.
Boris Becker won the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, becoming at 17, the youngest player to ever win the singles tournament.
Sharia was instituted in Iran. Sharia is the imposition of Islamic law on all aspects of both public and private life.
West Germany defeated the Netherlands by a score of 1-2 in the final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup that was held in West Germany.
American actress, Shelley Duvall, was born in Houston, Texas. She is most known for her part in the horror classic, The Shining.
French and British troops occupied the city of Beirut.
British musician, Ringo Starr, was born in Liverpool. He was born Richard Starkey and is best known as the drummer of legendary rock band, The Beatles.
French fashion designer, Pierre Cardin, was born in Venice, Italy.
American baseball player, Leroy 'Satchel' Paige, was born in Mobile, Alabama. He is widely considered as one of the greatest pitchers of all time.
US president, William McKinley, signed the Newlands Resolution under which Hawaii was annexed as a territory of the United States.
Russian painter, Marc Chagall, was born in Vitebsk, Belarus. He was one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century.
Commodus was proclaimed emperor of Rome. He is most known for his passion of Gladiatoral fighting, of which he frequently took part himself, even if it was at the charge of one million sesteres for each of his appearances in the arena. In 192AD he renamed Rome to Colonia Commodiana and had the months of the calendar named in his honor.
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