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Burton Mail - - Bygones -

65 BC: Horace, Ro­man poet, was born in Venu­sian Apu­lia.

1542: Mary, Queen of Scots, was born at Lin­lith­gow Palace.

1733: A Dorset man re­ported see­ing a pol­ished sil­ver disc in the sky - the first known sight­ing of an Uniden­ti­fied Fly­ing Ob­ject, or UFO.

1854: Pope Pius IX set­tled an an­cient con­tro­versy by declar­ing that Christ’s mother, the Vir­gin Mary, was pre­served from all sin from the mo­ment she was con­ceived.

1859: Thomas de Quincey, es­say­ist and opium ad­dict, died in Scot­land.

1864: The Clifton Sus­pen­sion Bridge over the River Avon at Bris­tol, de­signed by Brunel, was opened.

1894: James Thurber, Amer­i­can hu­morist and cre­ator of Wal­ter Mitty, was born in Colum­bus, Ohio.

1941: Bri­tain and the United States de­clared war on Ja­pan.

1980: John Len­non (pic­tured be­low in the Bea­tles’ early days) was shot dead in New York.

1991: Lead­ers of the three re­publics - Rus­sia, Belorus­sia and Ukraine - formed a “com­mon­wealth of in­de­pen­dent states” and pro­nounced the Soviet Union dead.

2017: A YouTube prankster freed by a fire crew af­ter us­ing Poly­filla to ‘ce­ment’ his head in­side a mi­crowave was warned against risk­ing his life for ‘other peo­ple’s en­ter­tain­ment’.

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