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1687: T The first Huguenots set sail from France for South Afri Africa to es­cape re­li­gious pe per­se­cu­tion. 1695:16 A win­dow tax was im im­posed in Bri­tain which re re­sulted in many be­ing br bricked up. 1 1720: Charles Ed­ward S Stu­art - Bon­nie Prince C Char­lie, the “Young Pre­tender” - was born in Rome. As leader of the Scot­tish Ja­co­bites, he at­tempted to de­pose Ge­orge II, but was fi­nally de­feated at Cul­lo­den. 1911: Marie Curie re­ceived her sec­ond No­bel prize, un­prece­dented in the history of the award. 1923: The chimes of Big Ben were broad­cast by the BBC for the first time. 1935: Charles Dar­row patented his board game Monopoly. 1938: Dr R N Harger’s “Drunk­ome­ter” was of­fi­cially used to breathal­yse driv­ers by the In­di­anapo­lis Po­lice Depart­ment. 1960: The farthing ceased to be le­gal ten­der. 1981: For­mer flight lieu­tenant Jerry Rawl­ings over­threw the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Hilla Li­mann to seize power in Ghana. 1999: First Pres­i­dent of Rus­sia, Boris Yeltsin, re­signs from of­fice, leav­ing Prime Min­is­ter Vladimir Putin as his suc­ces­sor. 2014: John For­tune, the co­me­dian made fa­mous on Brem­ner, Bird and For­tune, died at the age of 74.

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