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Coventry Telegraph - - LETTERS -

1812: One of the worst win­ters on record be­gan – and caused the de­feat of Napoleon. Dur­ing his re­treat from Moscow, troops en­dured tem­per­a­tures as low as -37C for 27 con­sec­u­tive days.

1841: Ed­ward VII, el­dest son of Queen Vic­to­ria and Prince Al­bert, was born. He was 61 when he was crowned and gave his name to the Ed­war­dian Age in English manners, fash­ion and lit­er­a­ture.

1859: Flog­ging in the British Army was abol­ished.

1938: ‘Kristall­nacht’ in Ger­many, when Nazis burned 267 syn­a­gogues and de­stroyed thou­sands of Jewish homes and busi­nesses.

1940: Neville Cham­ber­lain died just months af­ter re­sign­ing as Bri­tain’s wartime prime min­is­ter.

1953: Welsh poet Dy­lan Thomas, au­thor of Un­der Milk Wood, died aged 39, af­ter fall­ing into an al­co­holic coma.

1979: A com­puter fault led to a fullscale nu­clear alert in the US.

1989: The East Ger­man govern­ment lifted the Iron Cur­tain to al­low free travel through the Ber­lin Wall. Thou­sands of East Ber­lin­ers swarmed through the cross­ing points.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Fer­til­ity ex­perts cel­e­brated IVF’s 40th an­niver­sary.

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