ON THIS DAY

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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. 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.

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