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On May the 9th
Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president.
Prime Minister of Italy, Aldo Moro, was assassinated by the terrorist group, Red Brigades.
American musician, Billy Joel, was born in the Bronx, New York.
British actor, Albert Finney, was born in Manchester, England.
English engineer, Colin Chapman, was born in London, England. He was on of the most innovative automobile engineers of the world, whose ideas and concepts can still be seen in the industry. He was the founder of the sports cars company Lotus.
French painter, Paul Gauguin, died at the age of 55 in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. He is probable the most influential painter of the post-Impressionist era.
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