On this day

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

1793: The Reign of Ter­ror, in which thou­sands went to the guil­lo­tine in the French Revo­lu­tion, be­gan. 1809: Franz Joseph Haydn, Aus­trian com­poser, died in Vi­enna. 1837: Joseph Grimaldi, English clown of stage and cir­cus, died. 1859: Big Ben, in the clock tower of the Houses of Par­lia­ment in Lon­don, first be­gan record­ing time. 1902: The Boer War ended with the Peace of Vereenig­ing. 1910: The colonies of the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, the Transvaal and the Or­ange River Colony united to form the Union of South Africa. 1910: Lord Baden-Pow­ell’s sis­ter, Agnes, an­nounced the for­ma­tion of the Girl Guides. 1916: The Bat­tle of Jut­land was fought in the North Sea. 1930: Don Brad­man be­came the first Aus­tralian to score 1,000 runs in Eng­land by the end of May. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Obe­sity is the “new smok­ing”, NHS Eng­land’s chief ex­ec­u­tive warned, as he said peo­ple needed to “get much more se­ri­ous” about their own health.

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