ON THIS DAY

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1697: The first Sun­day ser­vice was held in the new St Paul’s Cathe­dral.

1766: James Christie, founder of the fa­mous auc­tion­eers, held his first sale in Lon­don.

1791: Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart, Aus­trian com­poser, died and was re­port­edly buried in an un­marked grave with sev­eral other pau­pers.

1872: The Amer­i­can brig Mary Ce­leste was found drift­ing in the At­lantic, her crew miss­ing.

1901: Walt Dis­ney, car­toon film pro­ducer, was born in Chicago.

1933: Pro­hi­bi­tion ended in Amer­ica af­ter 14 years.

1945: Five US Navy bombers from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, dis­ap­peared over the area which be­came known as the Ber­muda Tri­an­gle.

1952: Smog en­veloped Lon­don and killed more than 4,000 peo­ple in less than a week.

1956: Rose Heil­bron be­came Bri­tain’s first fe­male recorder.

1958: The Preston by-pass, Bri­tain’s first sec­tion of mo­tor­way (the M1, eight-and-a-half miles long) was of­fi­cially opened by Prime Min­is­ter Harold Macmillan.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Twit­ter re­vealed that a man’s quest for free chicken nuggets was the most retweeted post of 2017 in the UK.

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