ON THIS DAY
AD54: Roman Emperor Claudius I died after eating poisoned mushrooms as a result of a plot inspired by his wife, the Empress Agrippina. 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 during his farewell tour. 1924: Ramsay MacDonald made the first election broadcast on the BBC on behalf of the Labour Party. 1996: British Formula One driver Damon Hill won his only World Championship after winning 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. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: American singer Bob Dylan was hailed as “a great poet in the English-speaking tradition” following his surprise win of the Nobel Prize in Literature.