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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Hobson's Choice Extra -

The Queen’s grand­daugh­ter Zara Phillips an­nounced her en­gage­ment to Eng­land rugby player Mike Tin­dall af­ter he pro­posed at the cou­ple’s Glouces­ter­shire home.

1375 Death of Gio­vanni Boc­cac­cio, Ital­ian poet and author who wrote The De­cameron.

1804 Ben­jamin Dis­raeli, twice prime min­is­ter, was born in Lon­don.

1846 Robert Lis­ton used anaes­thetic (ether) for the first time in a Bri­tish op­er­a­tion at Univer­sity Col­lege Hos­pi­tal, Lon­don, to am­pu­tate a leg.

1913 The first crossword puz­zle was pub­lished, in the New

York World, com­piled by Liver­pool­born Arthur Wynne.

1937 Walt Dis­ney’s Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length an­i­mated car­toon with colour and sound, was pre­miered in the USA.

1945 Amer­i­can war hero Gen­eral Ge­orge ‘Old Blood and Guts’ Pat­ton died af­ter a car crash.

1988 Ter­ror­ists blew up a Pan-am jumbo jet which crashed on the Scot­tish town of Locker­bie. All 25 peo­ple on board and 11 peo­ple on the ground were killed.

1989 US troops in­vaded Panama to oust dic­ta­tor Manuel Nor­iega.

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