On this DAY
1421: Henry VI, who inherited the throne at the age of nine months, was born at Windsor. 1774: Austria introduced the first state education system. 1877: Thomas Alva Edison recited Mary Had A Little Lamb into his phonograph - and made the world’s first recording of the human voice. 1888: Will Hay, British music hall and film comedy actor, was born in Stockton-on-Tees. 1897: The world’s first motor cab fleet began operations in London. It went out of business in 1900 – its battery-powered taxis moved at only 8mph. 1921: Irish independence was granted for the 26 southern states which became known as the Irish Free State. Six counties which formed Ulster (Northern Ireland) remained as part of the UK. 1963: Christine Keeler, model involved in the Profumo scandal, was jailed for nine months for perjury. 1969: A free concert given by the Rolling Stones at Altamont, California, ended in tragedy when Hell’s Angels stabbed a man to death. 2012: A powerful typhoon swept away emergency shelters, a military camp and entire families in the southern Philippines. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Ed Sheeran was named the biggest star on YouTube in the UK in 2017, topping the site’s most popular video lists for the year.