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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

WATER piped into peo­ple’s homes in Lon­don and the Thames Val­ley reached record low tem­per­a­tures, caus­ing the num­ber of re­ported leaks to rocket by 300 per cent. Icy water from reser­voirs fell to just 1.8C com­pared with the Christ­mas Eve av­er­age of 7.3C. 1732Sir

Richard Ark­wright, English in­ven­tor of the “spin­ning frame”, was born. 1834Han­som

cabs were patented by Joseph Han­som. He also de­signed Birm­ing­ham Town 1888Vin­cent

Van Gogh, pic­tured right, suf­fer­ing se­vere de­pres­sion which his­to­ri­ans claim was in­creased by his com­pan­ion Gau­guin’s de­ci­sion to leave their lodg­ings at Ar­les to es­cape win­ter, cut off his ear. 1905The

Ald­wych The­atre in Lon­don opened. 1953In

the USSR, Lavrenty Be­ria and six oth­ers were ex­e­cuted for trea­son. 1972Managua,

cap­i­tal of Nicaragua, was de­stroyed by an earthquake which killed many thou­sands of peo­ple. 1981Ge­of­frey

Boy­cott took his score to 86 not out against In­dia at Delhi to be­come the (then) most pro­lific run-scor­ing bats­man in Test his­tory. 1986The

US plane Voy­ager com­pleted the first non-stop flight round the world with­out re­fu­elling.

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