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1567: The first state lot­tery was held in Eng­land - 40,000 lots at 10 shillings each were avail­able from St Paul’s Cathe­dral. 1753: Sir Hans Sloane, Bri­tish physi­cian and nat­u­ral­ist, whose col­lec­tion formed the nu­cleus of the Bri­tish Mu­seum, died. 1858: H Gor­don Sel­fridge, founder of the Lon­don De­part­ment Store, was born in Ripon, Wis­con­sin. 1917: A pa­tri­otic ap­peal was launched for the na­tion to sub­scribe to the new­stag­ger­ing War Loan, to fi­nance the cost of the con­flict (£5.7 mil­lion a day). 1922: In­sulin was first used suc­cess­fully in the treat­ment of di­a­betes.

1928: Thomas Hardy, Eng­lish poet and nov­el­ist, died in his na­tive Dorset aged 87.

1973: The Open Uni­ver­sity awarded its first de­grees. 1974: The first sur­viv­ing sex­tu­plets were born in South Africa. 1993: Richard Bran­son, above, won a le­gal vic­tory after Bri­tish Air­ways apol­o­gised for a”dirty tricks cam­paign” against Vir­gin At­lantic Air­ways.

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