On this day ...
AD54: Roman Emperor Claudius I died after eating poisoned mushrooms.
1853: Lillie Langtry, British actress and mistress of Edward VII when he was Prince of Wales, was born in Jersey.
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 in Bradford, during his farewell tour.
1924: Ramsay MacDonald made the first election broadcast on the BBC on behalf of the Labour Party.
1944: Athens was liberated by the Allies.
1996: British Formula One driver Damon Hill, above, 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: A couple was jailed for making fake holiday sickness claims in a landmark case. BIRTHDAYS: Nana Mouskouri, singer, 84; Paul Simon, singer, above,77; Edwina Currie, author and former Tory MP, 72; Sammy Hagar, rock guitarist, 71; Chris Carter, writer and TV producer (The X-Files), 61; Marie Osmond, singer and actress, 59; Kelly Preston, actress, 56; John Regis, athlete, 52; Ian Thorpe, Olympic swimmer, 36.