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AD54: Ro­man Em­peror Claudius I died af­ter eat­ing poi­soned mush­rooms as a re­sult of a plot in­spired by his wife, the Em­press Agrip­pina.

1163: The body of the An­glo Saxon King, Ed­ward (the Con­fes­sor), was trans­ferred to a new shrine and Oc­to­ber 13 has been cel­e­brated as his feast day ever since.

1853: Lil­lie Langtry, Bri­tish ac­tress and mis­tress of Ed­ward VII when he was Prince of Wales, was born in Jersey.

1884: Green­wich was adopted as the univer­sal time merid­ian of lon­gi­tude, from which stan­dard times through­out the world are cal­cu­lated.

1905: Leg­endary English ac­tor Sir Henry Irv­ing died in Brad­ford, dur­ing his farewell tour.

1924: Ram­say Mac­Don­ald made the first elec­tion broad­cast on the BBC on be­half of the Labour Party.

1944: Athens was lib­er­ated by the Al­lies.

1984: Der­byshire’s John Lowe achieved the first tele­vised 501 score in nine darts in a ma­jor event in the quar­ter fi­nals of the World Match Play cham­pi­onship in Slough.

1996: Bri­tish For­mula One driver Da­mon Hill won his only World Cham­pi­onship af­ter tri­umph­ing in the Ja­panese Grand Prix.

2010: One by one, the 33 min­ers trapped for 69 days in half-mile-deep dungeon be­neath the Chilean desert climbed into a res­cue cap­sule and made a smooth as­cent to the sur­face (pic­tured be­low).

2017: A cou­ple were jailed for mak­ing fake hol­i­day sick­ness claims in a land­mark case.

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