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Hadrian, Ro­man Em­peror who planned the great wall across north­ern Bri­tain, died.

Span­ish war­rior Ro­drigo Diaz de Bi­var – El Cid – died in Va­len­cia, ap­par­ently of grief af­ter de­feat by the Moors.

The York­ists de­feated the Lan­cas­tri­ans and cap­tured Henry VI at the Bat­tle of Northamp­ton.

Lady Jane Grey was pro­claimed Queen of Eng­land at the age of 16 – she lasted only nine days be­fore be­ing ex­e­cuted.

Amer­i­can artist James McNeill Whistler, who made Chelsea his adopted home, was born in Mas­sachusetts.

Au­thor Mar­cel Proust was born in Paris.

The Paris Metro opened.

Gor­don Richards rode his last mount – at Sandown – the 21,834th of his nearly 34-year-long ca­reer.

The first park­ing me­ters in Bri­tain were in­stalled in Lon­don’s May­fair.

Tel­star I, the world’s first tele­vi­sion telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite, was launched in Amer­ica.

The News of the World bade farewell to its read­ers af­ter 168 years with the sim­ple words “Thank you & good­bye”.

Gor­don Richards rode his last mount in 1954

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