On this day
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.