ON THIS DAY
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.