On this day ...
1887: The world’s first motor race took place along the banks of the river Seine from the centre of Paris to Neuilly.
1889: Adolf Hitler was born in Austria, the son of a customs official who changed his name from Schickelgruber.
1893: Harold Lloyd, bespectacled comedian famous for his stunt scenes, was born in Nebraska.
1929: The first Italian parliament made up exclusively of Fascists led by Benito Mussolini, above, was opened by Victor Emmanuel III.
1945: Soviet troops entered Berlin.
1972: Apollo 16 landed on the moon.
1989: Scientists said that the Earth narrowly missed being struck by a passing asteroid weighing 400 million tons.
1999: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 21 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School, Colorado.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Students in the US staged another wave of school walkouts, to remember victims of gun violence and push for firearms control. BIRTHDAYS: Leslie Phillips, actor, 95; George Takei, actor, 82; Peter Snow, above, TV reporter, 81; Ray Brooks, actor, 80; Michael Brandon, actor, 74; Jessica Lange, actress, 70; Louise Jameson, actress, 68; Nicholas Lyndhurst, actor, 58, Carmen Electra, model and actress, 47.