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The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - SERIAL -

• 1215: King John put the Royal Seal on the Magna Carta at Run­nymede, near Wind­sor.

• 1381: Wat Tyler, the first poll tax pro­tester, was ex­e­cuted at Smith­field.

• 1572: Har­row School was founded.

• 1844: Charles Goodyear patented his vul­can­ised rub­ber process in the US, mak­ing pos­si­ble the com­mer­cial use of rub­ber.

• 1846: The 49th par­al­lel was

es­tab­lished as the bor­der be­tween Canada and the USA.

• 1860: Florence Nightin­gale started her School for Nurses at St Thomas’ Hos­pi­tal, Lon­don.

• 1934: Dic­ta­tors Hitler and Mus­solini met for the first time, in Venice.

• 1945: Fam­ily Al­lowance pay­ments were in­tro­duced in Bri­tain – five shillings (25p) a week for the sec­ond child and sub­se­quent chil­dren, but no pay­ment for the first-born.

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