ON THIS DAY

Evening Times - - WEEK IN PICTURES -

1667: Au­thor Jonathan Swift (Gul­liver’s Trav­els) was born in Dublin.

1835: Mark Twain, au­thor of The Ad­ven­tures Of Tom Sawyer and The Ad­ven­tures Of Huck­le­berry Finn, was born in Mis­souri.

1874: Sir Win­ston Churchill, a de­scen­dant of the great Duke of Marl­bor­ough, was born in Blen­heim Palace.

1900: Os­car Wilde, above, Irish-born play­wright, died in Paris aged 46.

1936: The Crys­tal Palace was de­stroyed by fire.

1955: The first flood­lit foot­ball match at Wem­b­ley was played, be­tween Eng­land and Spain.

1957: The great Ital­ian tenor Be­ni­amino Gigli died.

1968: The Trades De­scrip­tion Act came into force.

2009: The Euro­pean Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Nu­clear Re­search an­nounced that the Large Hadron Col­lider set a new world record for en­ergy – mak­ing it the world’s high­est en­ergy par­ti­cle ac­cel­er­a­tor.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A snow leop­ard was shot af­ter es­cap­ing from its zoo en­clo­sure.

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