A year ago . . .

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

1686: Gabriel Daniel Fahren­heit, Ger­man physi­cist who in­vented the mer­cury ther­mome­ter, was born. 1809: Dart­moor Prison was opened to house French pris­on­ers of war. From 1850 it was used for con­victs. 1819: Queen Vic­to­ria was born at Kens­ing­ton Palace. 1941: The Ger­man bat­tle­ship Bis­marck sank HMS Hood off Green­land with the loss of more than 1,400 lives. 1969: The Black And White Min­strel Show, at London’s Vic­to­ria Palace, closed af­ter 4,354 per­for­mances in seven years. 1974:

Jazz mu­si­cian, band­leader and com­poser Ed­ward ‘Duke’ Elling­ton died. 1978:

Princess Mar­garet’s 18-year mar­riage to Lord Snow­don was ended by a spe­cial pro­ce­dure di­vorce.

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