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1606: Sir Ever­ard Digby, Robert Win­tour, John Grant and Thomas Bates were hung, drawn and quar­tered for their part in Guy Fawkes’ Gun­pow­der Plot.

1649: Charles I, con­victed of trea­son, was be­headed on a scaf­fold out­side the Ban­quet­ing House in White­hall.

1858: The Halle Orches­tra was founded by Charles Halle in Manch­ester.

1889: Beau­ti­ful 17- year- old Baroness Marie Vet­sera and her lover, Aus­trian Crown Prince Ru­dolf, were found dead at the royal hunt­ing lodge of May­er­ling, near Vi­enna. It re­mains a mys­tery whether it was a dou­ble sui­cide or mur­der.

1933: Adolf Hitler be­came chan­cel­lor of Ger­many.

1948: In­dian leader Ma­hatma Gandhi was as­sas­si­nated by a Hindu fa­natic in New Delhi.

1961: The con­tra­cep­tive pill went on sale in Bri­tain - but was not avail­able on the NHS un­til De­cem­ber.

1965: Big Ben was si­lenced for the fu­neral pro­ces­sion of Sir Win­ston Churchill.

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