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On this day in 1923, the Flying Scotsman locomotive went into the service of the London & North Eastern Railway. The train became the first to travel non-stop between Edinburgh and London and the first to reach speeds of 100 mph.

The service had been running between Edinburgh and London since 1862 and was originally known as the 'Special Scotch Express'. The original journey time between Edinburgh and London was 10.5 hours and by 1938, this had been cut to less than 7.5 hours.

The train was built in 1923 at Doncaster Works and was designed by H N Gresley. It hauled the first non-stop London to Edinburgh run on 1 May 1928, travelling the 392 miles in eight hours.
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1938 - The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially.

1945 - During World War II, the Philippine capital of Manilla, was liberated by U.S. soldiers.

1981 - Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

1989 - Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for his novel "The Satanic Verses". A bounty of one to three-million-dollars was also put on Rushidie's head.

2008 - Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president. His brother Fidel had ruled for nearly 50 years.

1969 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its last British concert.

1993 - Eric Clapton won six Grammy Awards for the song "Tears In Heaven."

1998 - Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.


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Mathematician John Arbuthnot, the man who popularised the 'John Bull' character, died at the age of 67 on this day in 1735. Arbuthnot was a physician, mathematician and author and was a co-founder of the Scriblerus Club which satirised 'abuses of learning'. The club's members included Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope and John Gay.
Arbuthnot moved from his birthplace of Kincardineshire to London in 1691, at the age of 24, and initially supported himself by teaching mathematics. Within ten years, he had become a popular figure at court, acting as Queen Anne's physician. John Bull first appeared in a series of pamphlets including Law is a Bottomless Pit (1712) by Arbuthnot, which satirised England's wars with Europe.
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1827 - New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.

1900 - In South Africa, the British received an unconditional surrender from Boer Gen. Piet Cronje at Paardeberg.

1933 - The Reichstag, Germany's parliament building in Berlin, was set afire. The Nazis accused Communist for the fire.

1997 - In Ireland, divorce became legal.

1998 - Britain's House of Lords agreed to give a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end to 1,000 years of male preference.

1999 - Nigeria returned to civilian rule when Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo became the country's first elected president since August of 1983.


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Reverend Thomas Guthrie, one of the founders of the nineteenth-century Ragged School movement, died on 28 February 1873. Guthrie was a clergyman who became moved by the plight of his poverty-stricken parishioners in an age before free schooling. He was one of the original founders of the Ragged School movement and after writing Plea for Ragged Schools, in 1847 founded a Ragged School in Edinburgh, which was soon followed by another in Aberdeen.
Guthrie was also a leader of the Free Church of Scotland and helped to raise 10,000 to build manses for the church's ministers, as well as working for the Blind Asylum and Night Refuge charities.
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1953 - In a Cambridge University laboratory, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.

1983 - "M*A*S*H" became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired.

1986 - Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated in Stockholm.

1994 - NATO made its first military strike when U.S. F-16 fighters shot down four Bosnian Serb warplanes in violation of a no-fly zone over central Bosnia.

2013 - Benedict XVI resigned as pope. He was the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415 and the first to resign voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294.


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1857 - Britain and France declared war on China.

1878 - Russia and the Ottomans signed the treaty of San Stenafano. The treaty granted independence to Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, and the autonomy of Bulgaria.

1904 - Wilhelm II of Germany made the first recording of a political document with Thomas Edison's cylinder.

1906 - A Frenchman tried the first flight in an aeroplane with tyres.

1910 - J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announced his withdrawal from business to administer his father's fortune for an "uplift in humanity". He also appealed to the U.S. Congress for the creation of the Rockefeller Foundation.

1910 - Born on this day Actor David Niven, famous for his role as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in Eighty Days. Niven had claimed several times that he was born in Kirriemuir, but according to his birth certificate, was born in London. He had Scottish ancestry through this paternal grandfather David Graham Niven who was from St Martin's in Perthshire.

1931 - The "Star Spangled Banner," written by Francis Scott Key, was adopted as the American national anthem. The song was originally a poem known as "Defense of Fort McHenry."

1938 - A world record for the indoor mile run was set by American Glenn Cunningham. He ran the distance in 4 minutes, 4.4 seconds.

1978 - The remains of Charles Chaplin were stolen from his grave in Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. The body was recovered 11 weeks later near Lake Geneva.


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1834 - The city of York in Upper Canada was incorporated as Toronto.

1857 - The U.S. Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision ruled that blacks could not sue in federal court to be citizens.

1899 - Aspirin was patented by German researchers Felix Hoffman and Hermann Dreser.

1939 - In Spain, Jose Miaja took over the Madrid government after a military coup and vowed to seek "peace with honor."

1957 - The British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the independent state of Ghana.

1960 - Switzerland granted women the right to vote in municipal elections.

1970 - Charles Manson released his album "Lies" to finance his defense against murder charges.

1987 - The British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized in the Channel off the coast of Belgium. 189 people died.

1991 - In Paris, five men were jailed for plotting to smuggle Libyan arms to the Irish Republican Army.

1992 - The last episode of "The Cosby Show" aired. The show had been on since September of 1984.

1997 - Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site.


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1618 - Johann Kepler discovered the third Law of Planetary Motion.

1702 - England's Queen Anne took the throne upon the death of King William III.

1855 - A train passed over the first railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, NY.

1887 - The telescopic fishing rod was patented by American Everett Horton.

1904 - The Bundestag in Germany lifted the ban on the Jesuit order of priests.

1907 - The British House of Commons turned down a women's suffrage bill.

1910 - The King of Spain authorised women to attend universities.

1917 - Russia's "February Revolution" began with rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg. The revolution was called the "February Revolution" due to Russia's use of the Old Style calendar.

1942 - During World War II, Japanese forces captured Rangoon, Burma.

1959 - Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx made their final TV appearance together.

1973 - Two bombs exploded near Trafalgar Square London. 234 people were injured.




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On this day in 1911, Sir Fitzroy MacLean, the man said to have inspired Ian Fleming's James Bond character, was born. Maclean was the son of Scottish nobleman Major Charles Wilberforce MacLean, whose ancestral home was Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull. Fitzroy MacLean was one of the founders of the SAS and during World War Two, was selected by Churchill to parachute into German-occupied Yugoslavia and gain Allied support.
On retirement, MacLean wrote extensively on Scottish history and became patron of a Strachur and District Shinty Club. He ammassed a large library of books, including early editions of James Bond novels.
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1489 - Catherine Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, sold her kingdom to Venice. She was the last of the Lusignan dynasty.

1757 - British Admiral John Byng was executed by a firing squad on board HMS Monarch for cowardice and neglect of duty. (Interesting story where Byng seems to have been scapegoated for the loss of Minorca to the French)

1864 - Samuel Baker discovered another source of the Nile in East Africa. He named it Lake Albert Nyanza.

1891 - The submarine Monarch laid telephone cable along the bottom of the English Channel to prepare for the first telephone links across the Channel. (Ironic that this Monarch has the same name as HMS Monarch in the previous Byng entry)

1900 - U.S. currency went on the gold standard with the ratification of the Gold Standard Act.

1905 - The British House of Commons cited a need to compete with Germany in naval strength.

1915 - The British Navy sank the German battleship Dresden off the Chilean coast.

1923 - President Harding became the first U.S. President to file an income tax report.

1945 - In Germany, a 22,000 pound "Grand Slam" bomb was dropped by the Royal Air Force Dumbuster Squad on the Beilefeld railway viaduct. It was the heaviest bomb used during World War II.

1947 - Moscow announced that 890,532 German POWs were held in the U.S.S.R.

1964 - A Dallas jury found Jack Ruby guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.

1981 - Three Pakistani airline hijackers surrendered in Syria after they had exchanged 100 passengers and crewmen for 54 Pakistani prisoners.





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The death of Julius Caesar

It was the morning of 15 March 44 BC – the Ides, as the Romans called the approximate middle of each month: the Ides of March. The Senate was in session that day, its members eagerly awaiting the dictator’s arrival. Yet Caesar had decided not to attend – allegedly because of bad health but, in fact, the real cause was a series of ill omens that had terrified his wife, Calpurnia.
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On this day in 1473, King James IV of Scotland was born, probably at the palace, Stirling Castle, the son of King James III and his queen, Margaret of Denmark. At the age of one, James was betrothed to Princess Cecily of England but eventually married Margaret Tudor, the daughter of the English king Henry VII.
James IV had a keen interest in the arts and is the last Scottish king known to have spoken Gaelic. He encouraged writers and poets to visit his court and is also said to have had an alchemy workshop at Stirling Palace.
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On this day in 1689, the Earl of Leven formed the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Regiment in Edinburgh. The regiment was created to defend Edinburgh from the forces of King James VII and it was said that 800 men joined the regiment in just two hours.
The regiment fought at the Battle of Killiecrankie in July 1689 and also at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, when it was known as Semphill’s Regiment of Foot.0037 - The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius’ will and proclaims Caligula emperor.
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1190 - Crusaders killed 57 Jews in Bury St. Edmonds England.

1673 - Lord Berkley sold his half of New Jersey to the Quakers.

1835 - Charles Darwin left Santiago Chile on his way to Portillo Pass.

1850 - Henry Wells & William Fargo founded American Express.

1909 - Einar Dessau of Denmark used a short wave transmitter to become the first person to broadcast as a "ham" operator



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My uncle (by marriage) was in the K.O.S.B. He was in the regular forces before the war in India and during the was went over on D-Day. All by himself according to him, LOL. He was injured at Caen and was sent home.
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QUOTE (Elma @ 19th Mar 2017, 03:39pm) *
My uncle (by marriage) was in the K.O.S.B. He was in the regular forces before the war in India and during the was went over on D-Day. All by himself according to him, LOL. He was injured at Caen and was sent home.

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1349 - 3,000 Jews were killed in Black Death riots in Efurt Germany.

1556 - Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake at Oxford after retracting the last of seven recantations that same day.

1788 - Almost the entire city of New Orleans, LA, was destroyed by fire. 856 buildings were destroyed.

1804 - The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was adopted.

1824 - A fire at a Cairo ammunition's dump killed 4,000 horses.

1851 - Vietnamese Emperor Tu Duc ordered that Christian priests be put to death.

1857 - An earthquake hit Tokyo killing about 107,000.

1871 - Journalist Henry M Stanley began his famous expedition to Africa.

1909 - Russia withdrew its support for Serbia and recognised the Austrian annexation of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Serbia accepted Austrian control over Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 31, 1909.

1941 - The last Italian post in East Libya, North Africa, fell to the British.

1960 - About 70 people were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police fired upon demonstrators.

1963 - Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, CA, closed.

1985 - Police in Langa, South Africa, opened fire on blacks marching to mark the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings. At least 21 demonstrators were killed.

1980 - On the TV show "Dallas", J.R. Ewing was shot.

1994 - Steven Spielberg won his first Oscars. They were for best picture and best director for "Schindler's List."




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