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323BC: Alexan­der the Great, King of Mace­do­nia, died af­ter a pro­longed pe­riod of feast­ing.

1381: Wat Tyler led the first pop­u­lar re­bel­lion – against un­pop­u­lar taxes – in English his­tory. It has be­come known as the Peas­ants’ Re­volt.

1842: Queen Vic­to­ria trav­elled by train for the first time, from Slough to Padding­ton, ac­com­pa­nied by Prince Al­bert. She was the first Bri­tish monarch to use the train.

1900: The Boxer Re­bel­lion be­gan in China to end the dom­i­na­tion and ex­ploita­tion of the coun­try by for­eign­ers. The Box­ers were a secret so­ci­ety, orig­i­nally formed to prac­tice mar­tial arts.

1944: The first V1 fly­ing bomb, or ‘doo­dle­bug’, landed in Eng­land. It hit a house in Southampton, killing three peo­ple.

1981: Blanks were fired at the Queen dur­ing the Troop­ing the Colour cer­e­mony.

1990: The of­fi­cial de­mo­li­tion of the Ber­lin Wall be­gan.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A re­tired art teacher cel­e­brated win­ning £1 mil­lion on a scratch­card – af­ter first think­ing his prize was just a pint of milk.

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