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64 AD: The Great Fire of Rome took place dur­ing the reign of Nero. He played the lyre and was 50 miles away at his villa in An­tium when he heard the news.

1919: The Ceno­taph in Lon­don’s White­hall was un­veiled. The First World War memo­rial was de­signed by Sir Ed­win Lu­tyens and would later do dou­ble duty for the Sec­ond World War.

1934: The Mersey Tun­nel was for­mally opened.

1936: The Span­ish Civil War be­gan when the army, led by Gen­eral Franco, re­volted against the Repub­li­can govern­ment. It lasted three years.

1969: Se­na­tor Ed­ward Kennedy crashed his car into the Chap­paquid­dick River near Martha’s Vine­yard on Amer­ica’s east coast. Kennedy es­caped, but his com­pan­ion Mary Jo Kopechne drowned. He didn’t re­port the in­ci­dent for 10 hours and was sub­se­quently found guilty of leav­ing the scene of the ac­ci­dent.

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