ON THIS DAY ..
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.