IT HAP­PENED TO­DAY

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS -

1763:

Dr John­son and James Boswell met for the first time at Tom Davie’s book­shop in Rus­sell Street, Lon­don.

1770:

The Dauphin of France (later Louis XVI) mar­ried Marie An­toinette.

1875:

The Ken­tucky Derby was first run at Louisville, Ken­tucky.

1888:

Emile Ber­liner gave the first demon­stra­tion of flat disc record­ing and re­pro­duc­tion be­fore mem­bers of the Franklin In­sti­tute, Philadel­phia.

1919:

Pi­anist and entertainer (Wladziu Valentino) Lib­er­ace (above) was born in Wis­con­sin.

1920:

1929:

1943:

1956:

1983:

1991:

2007:

Joan of Arc was canon­ised.

The first Academy Awards cer­e­mony was held in Hol­ly­wood — the name Os­car was not used for another few years.

The Mohne, Eder and Sorpe Dams in Ger­many were at­tacked by 19 Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron, led by Guy Gib­son, us­ing the “bounc­ing bombs” in­vented by Dr Barnes Wal­lis.

Jim Laker, play­ing for Sur­rey, took all 10 Aus­tralian wick­ets for 88 in 46 overs at the Oval. A month later, play­ing for Eng­land, he took 19 wick­ets in the Test match against Australia at Old Traf­ford.

Lon­don po­lice be­gan wheel clamp­ing il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles.

Queen El­iz­a­beth II be­came the first Bri­tish monarch to ad­dress the US Congress.

Ni­co­las Sarkozy (above) took of­fice as Pres­i­dent of France.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR:

A woman made his­tory by be­com­ing the youngest Bri­tish climber to scale Mount Ever­est from both sides.

BIRTH­DAYS:

Roy Hudd, co­me­dian, 82; Judy Fin­ni­gan, TV pre­sen­ter/colum­nist, 70; Christian Lacroix, fash­ion de­signer, 67; Pierce Bros­nan, ac­tor, 65; Olga Kor­but, for­mer gym­nast, 63; Hazel O’Con­nor, singer and ac­tress, 63; De­bra Winger, ac­tress, 63; Janet Jack­son (be­low), singer, 52; Gabriela Sa­ba­tini, for­mer ten­nis player, 48

MAY 16

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