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Birthdate of Christian III of Denmark (d. 1559).
The first testing of a real thermonuclear weapon (not test devices): The Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of "RDS-6s" (Joe 4), the first Soviet thermonuclear bomb..
The 7.2 Ms Ionian earthquake shakes the southern Ionian Islands with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). Between 445 and 800 people were killed..
Birthdate of Chris Chambers, American football player; and Hayley Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player.
Death of John Williams, English motorcycle racer (b. 1946).
Birthdate of Ewa Farna, Czech singer-songwriter; and Luna (singer), South Korean singer, actress and presenter.
Birthdate of Matthijs de Ligt, Dutch footballer.
Death of Jean Drapeau, Canadian lawyer and politician, 37th Mayor of Montreal (b. 1916).
The Russian Navy submarine Kursk explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise, killing her entire 118-man crew..
Death of Gennady Lyachin, Russian captain (b. 1955); and Loretta Young, American actress (b. 1913).
Death of Enos Slaughter, American baseball player and manager (b. 1916).
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