On this day

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1431: Joan of Arc, French peas­ant girl who be­came a na­tional hero­ine, was burned at the stake in Rouen for heresy. She was canon­ised in 1920 on the an­niver­sary of her death. 1498: Christo­pher Colum­bus set sail on his third voy­age of dis­cov­ery in which he dis­cov­ered the South Amer­i­can main­land. 1536: King Henry VIII mar­ried Jane Sey­mour, 11 days af­ter the ex­e­cu­tion of Anne Bo­leyn. 1656: The Gre­nadier Guards, the se­nior reg­i­ment of the Bri­tish Army, was formed. 1842: An at­tempt was made on the life of Queen Vic­to­ria as she drove down Con­sti­tu­tion Hill with Prince Al­bert. The would-be as­sas­sin was John Fran­cis. 1946: Labour min­is­ter of food John Stra­chey an­nounced that bread would be ra­tioned. 1959: The first full-sized ex­per­i­men­tal hov­er­craft, built by Saun­ders-Roe, was launched at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Sir Paul McCart­ney in­sisted he no longer smokes cannabis be­cause he does not want to set “an ex­am­ple” for his grand­chil­dren.

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