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490BC: The Greeks de­feated the Per­sians un­der Dar­ius at the Bat­tle of Marathon.

1759: The Bri­tish un­der Gen­eral Wolfe won the Bat­tle of Que­bec.

1788: New York be­came fed­eral cap­i­tal of the new United States of Amer­ica.

1874: Com­poser Arnold Schoen­berg was born in Vi­enna. As a triskaideka­phobe (some­one afraid of the num­ber 13), he pre­dicted he would die on the 13th at the age of 76 (7+6=13). He did, on July 13, 1951 at 13 min­utes to mid­night. His last word was “har­mony”.

1944: Wil­liam Heath Robin­son, the English artist known for his draw­ings of com­plex ma­chin­ery which per­formed sim­ple tasks, died.

1957: The Mouse­trap be­came Bri­tain’s long­est run­ning play, reach­ing its 1,998th per­for­mance.

1985: The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion de­clared Aids a world­wide epi­demic.

2008: Hur­ri­cane Ike rav­aged parts of Texas and Louisiana, bat­ter­ing the US coast with 110mph gusts of wind and tor­ren­tial rain.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A de­but nov­el­ist was short­listed for the Man Booker Prize for a book she be­gan writ­ing on her mo­bile phone on her way to work.

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