ON THIS DAY

Evening Times - - TIMES PAST -

1497: The Por­tuguese ex­plorer Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a route to In­dia.

1718: Ed­ward Teach, English pi­rate who sailed un­der the name of Black­beard, was killed off the coast of North Carolina.

1808: Thomas Cook, who pi­o­neered the hol­i­day pack­age tour, was born in Der­byshire.

1819: Mary Ann Evans, who took the pseu­do­nym Ge­orge Eliot and wrote The Mill On The Floss, was born in Ar­bury, War­wick­shire.

1830: Con­tainer trans­port was in­tro­duced by Pick­fords, the car­ri­ers, in an agree­ment with the Liverpool & Manch­ester Rail­way Com­pany.

1913: Com­poser Ben­jamin Brit­ten was born in Low­est­oft.

1946: The first ball­point pen went on sale, in­vented by Hun­gar­ian Las­zlo Biro.

1963: John F Kennedy, above, pres­i­dent of the United States, was as­sas­si­nated in Dal­las, Texas, dur­ing the run-up to the 1964 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

1975: The monar­chy was re­stored in Spain when Juan Carlos was sworn in as King in Madrid.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR:

Italy’s Lean­ing Tower Of Pisa was fi­nally straight­en­ing it­self out - by around 4cm - fol­low­ing care­ful work, it was re­ported.

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