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On this day

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1497: Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama set sail from Lisbon with four vessels in search of a sea route to India.

1822: Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet, was drowned in Italy while sailing his small schooner Ariel to his home on the Gulf of Spezia.

1884: The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was founded.

1889: John L Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in Mississipp­i after 75 rounds – the last bare-knuckle heavyweigh­t title contest.

1918: National Savings stamps went on sale in Britain.

1961: The first all-England women’s singles final took place at Wimbledon between Christine Truman and Angela Mortimer, who won in three sets.

1965: Ronald Biggs, one of the Great Train Robbers, scaled the wall of Wandsworth Prison with a rope ladder and escaped. He had served 15 months of his sentence. He eventually settled in Brazil.

2014: Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in a major home defeat for Brazil in the FIFA World Cup semifinals

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Ronald Biggs

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