Today in history
1559 Queen Elizabeth I sends aid to Scottish lords to drive French from Scotland. 1846 Copper first discovered in Western Australia. 1865 Slavery is abolished in the US. 1892 Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite premieres in St Petersburg, Russia. 1894 South Australian women given the vote. 1956 Japan is admitted to United Nations. 1970 Divorce law goes into effect in Italy despite opposition by Roman Catholic Church. 1987 Ivan Boesky, the Wall Street financier who played a key role in the biggest insider trading scheme in US history, is jailed for three years. 1994 Failed Australian tycoon Christopher Skase is freed after Spanish appeal court overturns earlier extradition order. 2013 Ronnie Biggs, famous for his role in Britain’s 1963 Great Train Robbery, dies in England aged 84.