ON THIS DAY

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

FEAST OF SAINT PETER AND PAUL 1613: The Globe The­atre in Lon­don burned down af­ter a can­non was fired dur­ing a Shake­speare play and set fire to the straw roof. 1620: King James I banned the grow­ing of tobacco in Bri­tain. 1801: The first cen­sus in Bri­tain was car­ried out show­ing a pop­u­la­tion to­talling 8,872,000. 1868: The Press As­so­ci­a­tion, the UK’s na­tional news agency, was founded in Lon­don. 1905: The in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion (AA) took place at the Tro­cadero Res­tau­rant in Lon­don. 1960: BBC Tele­vi­sion Cen­tre opened in Lon­don. 1966: Bar­clays Bank in­tro­duced Bar­clay­card, the first Bri­tish credit card. 1986: Richard Bran­son’s boat Vir­gin At­lantic Chal­lenger II com­pleted the fastest At­lantic cross­ing in three days, eight hours and 31 min­utes. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Ed Miliband called on suc­ces­sor Jeremy Cor­byn to quit as Labour leader, say­ing his po­si­tion was “un­ten­able”.

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