On this DAY

Coventry Telegraph - - LETTERS -

1741: A weary Han­del fin­ished his Mes­siah, 24 days af­ter he had started it. Sup­plied with the li­bretto, he con­fined him­self in his room at Brook Street, Lon­don, liv­ing al­most en­tirely on cof­fee un­til he com­pleted the mu­sic.

1812: Napoleon en­tered Moscow, which had been aban­doned by the Rus­sians and their scorched earth pol­icy. But win­ter was ap­proach­ing and Napoleon soon had to re­treat.

1852: The Duke of Welling­ton, English mil­i­tary com­man­der, the ‘Iron Duke’, vic­tor at Water­loo, states­man and Tory Prime Min­is­ter, died aged 83.

1886: The type­writer rib­bon was patented by Ge­orge An­der­son of Mem­phis, Ten­nessee.

1891: The first penalty kick in an English League foot­ball game was taken by Heath of Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers against Ac­cring­ton.

1927: Isadora Dun­can, the Amer­i­can dancer, was stran­gled by her scarf in Nice when the fringe caught in the wheel of a sports car.

1964: The Bri­tish daily news­pa­per the Daily Her­ald ceased pub­li­ca­tion and was re­placed by The Sun. 1974: Giant pan­das Chia-Chia and Ching-Ching ar­rived at Lon­don Zoo.

1982: Princess Grace of Monaco, also known as Amer­i­can ac­tress Grace Kelly, died in hospi­tal with­out re­gain­ing con­scious­ness af­ter a car crash the pre­vi­ous day.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: China was in mourn­ing fol­low­ing the death of the world’s old­est panda, Basi, at the age of 37.

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