Evening Times - - TIMES PAST -

1608: John Mil­ton, English poet who wrote Par­adise Lost and Sam­son Ago­nistes, was born in Lon­don.

1783: The first ex­e­cu­tions took place at the no­to­ri­ous New­gate Prison in Lon­don. It is said be­tween 1790 and 1902 more than 1,000 peo­ple were put to death there.

1884: Roller skates were patented by a Mr L Richard­son of Chicago.

1886: Clarence Bird­s­eye, Amer­i­can pi­o­neer of the frozen food com­pany, was born.

1892: English foot­ball club New­cas­tle United was founded.

1917: Jerusalem, held by the Turks, sur­ren­dered to Gen­eral Al­lenby.

1960: The first episode of Coro­na­tion Street was tele­vised - although it was not net­worked un­til spring 1961. It was orig­i­nally called Florizel Street.

1979: The erad­i­ca­tion of the small­pox virus was cer­ti­fied, mak­ing small­pox the first of only two dis­eases that have been driven to ex­tinc­tion (rinder­pest in 2011 be­ing the other).

1990: Sol­i­dar­ity leader Lech Walesa, above, was elected pres­i­dent of Poland.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Walk­ers launched a crisp packet re­cy­cling scheme in re­sponse to a pub­lic cam­paign against plas­tic waste.

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