ON THIS DAY

Evening Times - - TIMES PAST -

1784: Dr Sa­muel John­son, writer and lex­i­cog­ra­pher, died.

1867: Twelve peo­ple died when Ir­ish bombers blew up the outer wall of Lon­don’s Clerken­well prison in an at­tempt to res­cue a jailed col­league.

1903: Ice-cream cones were patented by Italo Mar­cione of New York.

1904: The Metropoli­tan Un­der­ground rail­way in Lon­don went elec­tric.

1939: The Bat­tle of the River Plate be­gan, with Bri­tish war­ships at­tack­ing the great Ger­man bat­tle­ship Ad­mi­ral Graf Spee.

1967: King Con­stan­tine fled Greece af­ter an un­suc­cess­ful bid to topple the mil­i­tary junta.

1973: A three-day work­ing week was or­dered by the Gov­ern­ment be­cause of the Arab oil em­bargo and the coal min­ers’ in­dus­trial ac­tion.

2010: Richard Hol­brooke, the long-serv­ing US diplo­mat who was the ar­chi­tect of the 1995 Bos­nia peace plan and served as spe­cial en­voy to Pak­istan and Afghanista­n for Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, above, died at the age of 69.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR:

Keira Knight­ley picked up an OBE for her ser­vices to drama and char­ity.

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