ON THIS DAY . .

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Hobson's Choice -

A year ago . . .

Pope Bene­dict (pic­tured) was vis­i­bly up­set by ac­counts of the Child Abuse Com­mis­sion’s re­port, ac­cord­ing to one of the Ir­ish arch­bish­ops who briefed him on it in the Vat­i­can.

1376

Ed­ward the Black Prince, son of Ed­ward III of Eng­land, died.

1924

Ge­orge Mal­lory, on his third at­tempt at con­quer­ing Ever­est, was seen for the last time at a point 800 feet from the sum­mit.

1929

Mar­garet Bond­field be­came the first Bri­tish woman Cabi­net Min­is­ter when she was ap­pointed Min­is­ter of Labour.

1968

James Earl Ray, wanted for the murder of Martin Luther King, was ar­rested in London trav­el­ling un­der an as­sumed name with a Cana­dian pass­port.

1969

Spain closed the fron­tier with Gi­bral­tar, hop­ing to crip­ple its econ­omy af­ter Bri­tain’s re­fusal to hand over the colony to Spain.

1978

Naomi James ar­rived back at Dart­mouth in her Ber­muda sloop Ex­press Cru­sader af­ter 267 days, to be­come the first woman to sail around the world via Cape Horn.

1988

Rus­sell Harty, Bri­tish broad­caster and writer, died aged 53 from hep­ati­tis.

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