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1789: The Bastille, the state prison in Paris, was stormed by the cit­i­zens of Paris and burned to the ground at the start of the French Revo­lu­tion. 1858: Suf­fragette Em­me­line Pankhurst was born in Manch­ester. 1867: Swedish chemist Al­fred No­bel first demon­strated the use of dy­na­mite. 1888: The first record com­pany, the North Amer­i­can Phono­graph Com­pany, was founded in Pitts­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia, by busi­ness­man Jesse L Lip­pin­cott. 1902: The Cam­panile of St Mark’s Cathe­dral in Venice col­lapsed dur­ing a safety in­spec­tion. 1940: The Soviet Union an­nexed Es­to­nia, Latvia and Lithua­nia. 1946: Dr Ben­jamin Spock’s fa­mous baby bi­ble - Baby And Child Care - was pub­lished, and be­came a best­seller. Twenty-eight years later he said he no longer sup­ported his own the­o­ries. 1958: King Faisal of Iraq was as­sas­si­nated in a mil­i­tary coup led by Gen­eral Kassem, and a Repub­lic was es­tab­lished. 1959: Grock, de­scribed as the “great­est clown on earth”, died in Italy. 1967: Par­lia­ment voted to le­galise abor­tion.

En­grav­ing show­ing the storm­ing of the Bastille

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