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NA­TIONAL DAY OF COSTA RICA 1649: Ti­tus Oates, English Angli­can priest and fab­ri­ca­tor of the “Popish Plot” in 1678, was born. 1830: At the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Liver­pool and Manch­ester Rail­way, Bri­tain’s first rail­way fa­tal­ity oc­curred when MP Wil­liam Huskisson stepped from a train to shake hands with the Duke of Welling­ton – and was run over. 1859: Isam­bard King­dom Brunel, Bri­tish en­gi­neer, died. He de­signed the Clifton sus­pen­sion bridge and the three largest ships in the world. 1890: Agatha Christie, cre­ator of Her­cule Poirot and Miss Marple, and writer of de­tec­tive sto­ries, was born in Torquay. 1916: Tanks went into battle for the first time for the Bri­tish Army, in the Somme. 1935: At a Nurem­berg rally, Adolf Hitler is­sued new de­crees which rel­e­gated Jews to sub-hu­man sta­tus and made the swastika the of­fi­cial Ger­man flag. 1974: Civil war broke out in Beirut be­tween Chris­tians and Mus­lims. 1985: Tony Jack­lin’s Euro­pean team won the Ry­der Cup from the US. 2008: Zim­babwe pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe and op­po­si­tion lead­ers signed a land­mark deal un­der which the leader of nearly three decades was to cede some power. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The elu­sive snow leop­ard - long con­sid­ered en­dan­gered - was up­graded to ‘vul­ner­a­ble’, though con­ser­va­tion­ists warned it does not mean they are safe.

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