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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.

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