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AD54: Ro­man Em­peror Claudius I died af­ter eat­ing poi­soned mush­rooms as a re­sult of a plot in­spired by his wife Agrip­pina.

1163: The body of the An­glo Saxon King, Ed­ward (the Con­fes­sor), was trans­ferred to a new shrine and Oc­to­ber 13 has been cel­e­brated as his feast day ever since.

1853: Lil­lie Langtry, ac­tress and mistress of Ed­ward VII when he was Prince of Wales, was born in Jersey.

1884: Green­wich was adopted as the univer­sal time merid­ian of lon­gi­tude, from which stan­dard times through­out the world are cal­cu­lated.

1905: Leg­endary ac­tor Sir Henry Irv­ing died in Brad­ford, dur­ing his farewell tour.

1924: Ram­say Mac­Don­ald made the first elec­tion broad­cast on the BBC on be­half of the Labour Party.

1944: Athens was lib­er­ated by the Al­lies. 1996: Bri­tish For­mula One driver Da­mon Hill won his only World Cham­pi­onship af­ter win­ning the Ja­panese Grand Prix.

2010: One by one, the 33 min­ers trapped for 69 days in half-miledeep dun­geon be­neath the Chilean desert climbed into a res­cue cap­sule and made a smooth as­cent to the sur­face.

BIRTH­DAYS: Nana Mousk­ouri, singer, 84; Paul Si­mon, singer, 77; Ed­wina Cur­rie, au­thor and for­mer Tory MP, 72; Sammy Ha­gar, rock gui­tarist, 71; Marie Os­mond, singer and ac­tress, 59; Kelly Pre­ston, ac­tress, 56; John Regis, for­mer ath­lete, 52; Ian Thorpe, Olympic swim­mer, 36.

> Birth­days: from left, Paul Si­mon, Ed­wina Cur­rie and Ian Thorpe

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