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1875: Dr Al­bert Sch­weitzer, mis­sion­ary sur­geon, or­gan­ist and No­bel Prize win­ner (1952), was born in Al­sace.

1878: Queen Vic­to­ria was given a demon­stra­tion of Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell’s new in­ven­tion, the tele­phone.

1898: Lewis Car­roll, au­thor of Alice’s Ad­ven­tures In Wonderland, died.

1904: Pho­tog­ra­pher and stage de­signer Sir Ce­cil Beaton was born in Lon­don.

1953: Mar­shal Tito was elected pres­i­dent of Yu­goslavia.

1957: Ac­tor Humphrey Bog­art, pic­tured, died. His wife Lau­ren Ba­call placed a gold whis­tle in his cof­fin with the in­scrip­tion: “If you need any­thing, just whis­tle” - a line from their first film to­gether, To Have And Have Not.

1989: Bri­tish Mus­lims held pub­lic burn­ings of Sal­man Rushdie’s The Sa­tanic Verses.

1997: The trial be­gan of foot­ballers John Fashanu, Bruce Grobbe­laar and Hans Segers for al­legedly be­ing bribed by a Far East­ern gam­bling ring to throw matches. All three were later ac­quit­ted.

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