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The great fiddle player & composer, Niel Gow, was born in Perthshire on this day in 1727...
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1457 - Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book.

1765 - The Stamp Act was passed. It was the first direct British tax on the American colonists. It was repealed on March 17, 1766.

1888 - The English Football League was established.

1902 - Great Britain and Persia agreed to link Europe and India by telegraph.

1903 - Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought.

1905 - Child miners in Britain received a maximum 8-hour workday.

1934 - The first Masters golf championship began in Augusta, GA.

1956 - Perry Como became the first major TV variety-show host to book a rock and roll act on his program. The act was Carl Perkins.

1990 - A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found Captain Hazelwood not guilty in the Valdez oil spill.


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King James VI of Scotland also became King James I of England on this day in 1603, at the death of Queen Elizabeth I of England. The two kingdoms were ruled in union by King James but each retained its own parliament and laws. On hearing of the death of Queen Elizabeth, James prepared to leave for England with all haste and was crowned in London on 25 July 1603.
Despite promising to return to Scotland regularly, James is believed to have returned only once, in 1617.
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On this day in...

0421 - The city of Venice was founded.

1306- Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scots
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1807 - The first railway passenger service began in England.

1857 - Frederick Laggenheim took the first photo of a solar eclipse.

1923 - The British government granted Trans-Jordan autonomy.

1954 - RCA manufactured its first colour TV set and began mass production.





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1860 - The corkscrew was patented by American M.L. Byrn.

1900 - The London Parliament passed the War Loan Act that gave 35 million pounds to the Boer War cause in South Africa.

1900 - The Russian army mobilised 250,000 troops for active duty.

1923 - Scottish chemist Sir James Dewar, inventor of the Dewar Flask, (which later became known as the Thermos flask), died on this day. Dewar used the flask that he invented to study the liquefaction of gases but, because he never patented the design, was unable to prevent others from using his idea. He is also known for the co-discovery, with Sir Frederick Abel, of the smokeless gunpowder cordite.
After a lifetime's work, Dewar was knighted in 1904 and in 1908, was awarded the Albert Medal of the Society of Arts. He died in London and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.

1931 - Actor Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honour decoration.

1942 - The British raided the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.

1998 - Top civilian aircraft makers in France, Spain, Germany and Britain agreed to create single European aerospace and defense company.






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The Scots Guards regiment was formed on this day in 1642 when King Charles I authorised Archibald Campbell, the first Marquess of Argyll, to raise a regiment of 1,500 men for service in Ireland - originally known as the Marquess of Argyll's Royal Regiment.
After the death of Charles I, when King Charles II was crowned king of Scotland in 1650, the regiment became his Lyfe Guard of Foot and fought in the Civil War. The Lyfe Guard was disbanded after Cromwell's victory at the Battle of Worcester when Charles II fled to France, but reformed in 1661 when Charles II returned.
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