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800 Charlemagne arrives in Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III.

1869 In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched - one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving

1888 Born on this day Adolph Arthur "Harpo" Marx, American comedian, one of the Marx brothers.

1903 Enrico Caruso US debut (Metropolitan Opera House, NY) in "Rigoletto"

1942 The film Casablanca premieres in New York City.

1943 British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operations

1963 Debut of "Doctor Who" the long-running British sci-fi series

1979 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

1991 Freddie Mercury, 45, confirms he has AIDS the day before he dies

2007 MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sank in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands.



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George Brown, founder of the Toronto Globe and one of the Fathers of Confederation, was born on this day in 1818 in Clackmannanshire. Brown and his family emigrated to Canada when he was 25 years old and he set up in business running a print business with his father. Within a year, Brown founded the Globe and Banner newspapers, both of which he used as vehicles for attacking slavery in South America.
He entered Canadian politics in 1851, when he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada.
Several buildings and monuments in Canada are named in Brown's honour, including:
George Brown House, Toronto
George Brown College, Toronto
George Brown statue, Queen's Park, Toronto
George Brown statue, Parliament Hill, Ottowa
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1154 Adrian IV elected Pope. The only Englishman to become pontiff, Nicholas Breakspear was a member of the family which until recent years brewed beer in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

1745 Bonnie Prince Charles reaches Derby

1861 Queen Victoria of Britain forbids the export of gunpowder, firearms and all materials for their production.

1872 The U.S. brigantine Marie Celeste is found adrift and deserted with its cargo intact, in the Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and Portugal.

1947 Tennessee William's play A Streetcar Named Desire premieres on Broadway starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy.

1930 Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control

1952 Killer fogs begin in London, England; the term "Smog" is coined

1961 The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain

1980 Two months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces they will disband

1985 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London




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Francis II of France, heir to the French throne, and the first husband of Mary Queen of Scots, died on this day in 1560, following an ear infection. Mary and Francis had married in 1558 and Francis ascended to the French throne just a year later, after the death of his father Henry II in 1559, in a jousting accident.
Following the death of Francis, who died without leaving an heir, the throne passed to his younger brother Charles, with the boys' mother Catherine de Medici ruling during his minority.
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1620 Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the "First Encounter"

1688 James II abdicates the throne because of William of Orange landing in England.

1792 France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state

1917 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot

1936 Britain's King Edward VIII abdicates the throne to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.

1950 British Physicist Cecil Frank Powell awarded Nobel Prize in Physics for his study of nuclear processes and the discovery of the pion

1951 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball.

1967 The Concorde, a joint British-French venture and the world's first supersonic airliner, is unveiled in Toulouse, France.

1978 Massive demonstrations take place in Tehran against the Shah.

1997 The Kyoto Protocol international treaty intended to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses, opens for signature.

2001 People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.

2012 British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world



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1882 - Olivias Newton-John's grandad was born ...

... Max Born was a German physicist and mathematician who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics. He also made contributions to solid-state physics and optics and supervised the work of a number of notable physicists in the 1920s and 1930s.
Born won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics for his fundamental research in quantum mechanics, especially for his statistical interpretation of the wavefunction.
Charles Galton Darwin asked Born if he would consider becoming his successor as Tait Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, an offer that Born promptly accepted assuming the chair in October 1936.
In Edinburgh, Born promoted the teaching of mathematical physics. He had two German assistants, E. Walter Kellermann and Klaus Fuchs, and together they continued to investigate the mysterious behaviour of electrons.
Born became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1937


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2016 - Sgt Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite, RAF. Born Guyana June 23 1912, died one year ago today, aged 104.

Joined the RAF and qualified as a fighter pilot early in WW2. As a black man in Britain in WW2 nonetheless described the RAF as the only place in Britain where he met no racial prejudices.
Post war, BSc then PhD in Physics from Cambridge University.

Then became a schoolteacher. Wrote a book about it "To Sir with Love" - this was translated into 25 languages and made into a movie starring Sidney Poitier.

Became a social worker, wrote 11 more books.

Became a diplomat. Was the Guyanian ambassador to the United Nations, then to Venuzuela.

Became a university professor, wrote some more books. Was declared an "honourary white" by apartheit South Africa - which he was very rude about in another book.




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King James V, father of Mary Queen of Scots, died on this day in 1542, six days after his daughter Mary was born.

The king was the son of James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor and had been just seventeen months old when his own father died at the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. James had at least nine illegitimate children but Mary was his only surviving legitimate child and it was to her that the Scottish crown passed.
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1861 Prince Albert of England, one of the Union's strongest advocates, dies.

1900 Max Planck presents the quantum theory at the Physics Society in Berlin.

1911 Roald Amundsen and four others discover the South Pole.

1980 NATO warns the Soviets to stay out of the internal affairs of Poland, saying that intervention would effectively destroy the détente between the East and West.

1994 Construction begins on China's Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.

1999 Tens of thousands die as a result of flash floods caused by torrential rains in Vargas, Venezuela.

2004 The Millau Viaduct, the world's tallest bridge, official opens near Millau, France.

2012 At Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., 20 children and six adults are shot to death by a 20-year-old gunman who then commits suicide.


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1562 The French Wars of Religion between the Huguenots and the Catholics begins with the Battle of Dreux.

1783 William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister at age 24

1843 "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is published, 6,000 copies sold

1915 Edith Piaf, internationally famous French cabaret singer, best remembered for her songs "La Vie en rose" and "Non, je ne regrette rein."

1922 Theresa Vaughn, 24, confesses in court in Sheffield, England, to being married 61 times over 5 years in 50 cities in three countries

1941 Adolf Hitler assumes the position of commander in chief of the German army.

1949 Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Gareloch, Scotland

1971 Stanley Kubrick's X-rated film "A Clockwork Orange" based on the book by Anthony Burgess and starring Malcolm McDowell premieres

1981 Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee, Cornwall, lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.

1982 Four bombs explode at South Africa's only nuclear power station in Johannesburg.

1984 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang sign an agreement that committed Britain to return Hong Kong to China in 1997 in return for terms guaranteeing a 50-year extension of its capitalist system. Hong Kong was leased by China to Great Britain in 1898 for 99 years.



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Edinburgh scientist Balfour Stewart died on this day in 1887, during a journey to his country estates in Ireland, where he'd hoped to spend Christmas. Stewart was director of the Kew Observatory and achieved fame through his research on terrestrial magnetism, which he wrote up into an essay for the nineteenth edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

He was awarded the Rumford Medal for his work on radiant heat, during which he established that radiation doesn't take place just on the surface of an object, but throughout.
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Scottish architect James Gibbs was born on this day in 1682 in Fittysmire, Aberdeen. After considering a career in the priesthood, Gibbs decided to become an architect and carried out most of his training in Rome. His most famous work is the London church St Martin in the Fields, which Gibbs won the right to design following a competition in which architects were invited to submit their designs.

He also worked on buildings at both Oxford and Cambridge universities, including the Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University (pictured here).
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William I, known as William the Lion, was crowned at Scone on this day in 1165.

William inherited the throne following the death of his older brother, King Malcolm IV just two weeks earlier. William reigned longer than any other Scottish monarch (1165-1214) with the exception of King James VI.

The name William the Lion was given to King William after his own lifetime and referred to the red lion which was attached to his standard and became part of the Royal Standard of Scotland.
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537 The Hagia Sophia is inaugurated by the Emperor Justinian

1831 HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin on board, departs from Plymouth. It will eventually visit the Galapagos Islands where Darwin will form his theories on evolution.

1904 'Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie premieres at the Duke of York Theatre in London

1932 Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City

1934 Shah of Persia Mohammed Reza Pahlavi declares Persia now Iran

1939 A series of vicious earthquakes take 11,000 lives in Turkey.

1945 International Monetary Fund formally established by 29 member countries based on ideas of Harry Dexter White and John Maynard Keynes

1950 The United States and Spain resume relations for the first time since the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.

1979 President Hafizullah Amin of Afghanistan is ousted and murdered in a coup backed by the Soviet Union, beginning a war that will last more than 10 years.



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1492 100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily

1695 A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.

1720 Born on this day Charles Edward Stuart, grandson of James II, known as the Young Pretender and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

1857 Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada

1908 Born on this day Simon Wiesenthal, survivor of the Nazi Holocaust who dedicated his life to tracking down former Nazis.

1915 The Germans torpedo the British liner Persia without any warning killing 335 passengers.

1935 American Charles Darrow patents Monopoly

1964 Donald Campbell (UK) sets world water speed record (276.33 mph)

1970 Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles

1974 Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac






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