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the War of the Roses, the Lan­cas­tri­ans de­feated the York­ists at the Bat­tle of St Al­bans. 1611James

I cre­ated the ti­tle “baronet”. 1813Richard

Wag­ner, op­er­atic com­poser, was born in Leipzig. 1859Sir

Arthur Co­nan Doyle cre­ator of Sher­lock Holmes, was born of Ir­ish par­ents in Ed­in­burgh. 1897The

Black­wall Tun­nel un­der the Thames was of­fi­cially opened. 1908The

Wright Broth­ers patented their fly­ing ma­chine. 1972Cey­lon

be­came the Repub­lic of Sri Lanka. 1981‘ York­shire Rip­per’ Peter Sutcliffe (pic­tured) was found guilty at the Old Bai­ley of mur­der­ing 13 women and at­tempt­ing to mur­der seven oth­ers. He was sen­tenced to 30 years min­i­mum.

Ice­land closed its main in­ter­na­tional air­port and can­celled do­mes­tic flights as a pow­er­ful vol­canic erup­tion sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles into the air.

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