ON THIS DAY
54 Roman emperor Claudius I dies after being poisoned. 1792 Cornerstone of the White House is laid.
1844 Greenwich Mean Time introduced.
1903 Australian Senate selects Bombala in south-eastern NSW as site for Australia’s capital. 1933 Australia’s first traffic lights installed in Sydney.
1993 A fanatical fan of tennis player Steffi Graf is convicted of
stabbing her arch-rival Monica Seles but receives only a twoyear suspended sentence. 2015 Investigators find a Russian-made missile brought down MH17 over Ukraine. BIRTHDAYS: Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister (1925-2013); Nana Mouskouri, Greek singer and politician (1934-); Paul Simon, US singer-musician (1941-); Sacha Baron Cohen, British comedian (1971-); Ian Thorpe, Australian swimmer (1982-).