Coventry Telegraph - - LETTERS -

1577: English ex­plorer Sir Fran­cis Drake be­gan his voy­age to sail around the world. 1738: Astronomer Sir Wil­liam Her­schel, who dis­cov­ered Uranus, was born in Hanover. He died in Slough in 1822. 1837: Isaac Pit­man’s steno­graphic sound-hand, the first short­hand sys­tem, was pub­lished, price 4d. 1899: Win­ston Churchill was cap­tured by the Bo­ers while cov­er­ing the war as a re­porter for the Morn­ing Post. He es­caped a few weeks later. 1956: Elvis Pres­ley’s first film, Love Me Ten­der, was pre­miered in New York. 1968: The Cu­nard flag­ship Queen El­iz­a­beth docked at Southamp­ton for the last time. 1969: ITV chan­nel ATV screened the first colour tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial in Bri­tain - for Birds Eye peas. 1983: The Green­ham Com­mon women’s group mounted their first protest as cruise mis­siles ar­rived at a US air­base in Berk­shire. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Prison of­fi­cers were or­dered back to work af­ter thou­sands joined a protest held amid claims jails were “in melt­down”.

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