ON THIS DAY
AD 138: Hadrian, Roman Emperor who planned the wall across northern Britain, died. 1099: Spanish warrior Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar – El Cid – died in Valencia, apparently of grief after defeat by the Moors.
1460: The Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians and captured Henry VI at the Battle of Northampton.
1553: Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England at the age of 16 – she lasted only nine days before being arrested and executed.
1871: Author Marcel Proust (above) – A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (Remembrance Of Things Past) – was born in Paris.
1954: Gordon Richards rode his last mount – at Sandown – the 21,834th of his nearly 34-year-long career.
1958: The first parking meters in Britain were installed in London’s Mayfair.
1962: Telstar I, the world’s first television telecoms satellite, was launched in America.
2011: The News of the World bade farewell to its readers after 168 years with the simple words “Thank you & goodbye”.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A man who stole a statue of Marilyn Monroe from on top of a Hollywood public art installation was sentenced to a year in jail, prosecutors said.