Events (50 years ago today): 1965 - Joseph-Désiré Mobutu seizes power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and becomes President; he rules the country (which he renames Zaire in 1971) for over 30 years, until being overthrown by rebels in 1997.
Births (400 years ago today): 1615 - Philip William, Elector Palatine, Bavarian son of Magdalene of Bavaria (d. 1690)
Births (200 years ago today): 1815 - Grace Darling, English lighthouse keeper (d. 1842)
Births (50 years ago today): 1965 - Shirley Henderson, Scottish actress and singer
Deaths (750 years ago today): 1265 - Magnus Olafsson, Manx king
Deaths (400 years ago today): 1615 - Sethus Calvisius, composer and theorist born in Thuringia (b. 1556)
Deaths (50 years ago today): 1965 - Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti ruler (b. 1895)
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