On this day
1784 : John Wesley signed the “deed of declaration” of the Wesleyan faith. 1900 : In the Boer War, General Buller relieved Ladysmith, besieged by Boer forces for 118 days. 1912 : The world’s first parachute jump from an aeroplane was made over Missouri, USA, by Albert Berry. 1940 : Sandy’s Half Hour began on radio, with Sandy MacPherson at the organ. It was the start of the modern listeners’ request programme. 1948 : The Royal Family went to see Danny Kaye, pictured, at the London Palladium, the first “non-command performance” attended by a reigning monarch. 1966 : Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where the Beatles made their name, went into liquidation. 1975 : A train from Drayton Park crashed through buffers at Moorgate tube station and killed 42 people. 1989 : In London’s Covent Garden, the world’s biggest litter bin was unveiled – it was sponsored by fast-food operator Kentucky Fried Chicken.