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1215: King John put the Royal Seal on the Magna Carta at Run­nymede, near Wind­sor. 1381: Wat Tyler, the first poll tax pro­tester, was ex­e­cuted at Smith­field. 1572: Har­row School was founded. 1621: The first green­house in Bri­tain was erected in Ox­ford in prepa­ra­tion for a pre­dicted se­vere win­ter. A gar­dener tended a char­coal fire through­out the night to keep up the tem­per­a­ture. 1844: Charles Goodyear patented his vul­can­ised rub­ber process in the US. 1860: Florence Nightin­gale (left) started her School for Nurses at St Thomas’ Hospi­tal, Lon­don. 1934: Dic­ta­tors Hitler and Mus­solini met for the first time, in Venice. 1945: Fam­ily Al­lowance pay­ments were in­tro­duced in Bri­tain - five shillings (25p) a week for the sec­ond child and sub­se­quent chil­dren, but no pay­ment for the first-born. 1996: The IRA ex­ploded a 3,300lb bomb in Manchester city cen­tre, caus­ing mas­sive dam­age and more than 200 in­juries, but no fa­tal­i­ties.

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