On this day

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - FEATURES -

Richard III, the last Plan­ta­genet king, was born at Fother­ing­hay, Northants.

The first tele­scope was demon­strated by Dutch lens­maker Hans Lip­per­shey.

The first rugby match at Twick­en­ham was played – Har­lequins ver­sus Rich­mond.

Lon­don’s first red buses with roofed-in up­per decks went into ser­vice. Po­lice re­stric­tions had pre­vi­ously pre­vented them be­ing used in the cap­i­tal, although they had been in oper­a­tion in Widnes since 1909.

Ital­ian forces in­vaded Abyssinia af­ter Mus­solini’s bombers pounded bor­der towns.

The Em­press of Bri­tain, which was en route to Canada with child evac­uees, was sunk by a Ger­man sub­ma­rine. Bri­tish war­ships res­cued most of the 634 crew and pas­sen­gers.

A pho­to­graph of Wil­liam Pet­tit, wanted for mur­der, was shown on BBC TV by re­quest from the po­lice, the first time tele­vi­sion was used in Bri­tain to help find a wanted man.

Hol­ly­wood heart­throb Rock Hud­son died of Aids, aged 59.

Cy­clist Lance Arm­strong was di­ag­nosed with tes­tic­u­lar cancer. He com­mem­o­rated the date with a range of “10/2” branded Nike sports­wear. Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch hit back af­ter he was crit­i­cised for mak­ing speeches on stage at­tack­ing the gov­ern­ment over the refugee cri­sis.

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