ON THIS DAY
1503: French astrologer and prophet Nostradamus was born.
1895: George VI was born. He succeeded his brother Edward VIII when he abdicated, and led the British through the war years.
1901: The first table tennis tournament was held at the Royal Aquarium, London.
1911: Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer, became the first man to reach the South Pole – 35 days ahead of Captain Scott.
1918: Women over 30 voted in a British general election for the first time.
1922: John Reith was appointed general manager of the fledgling BBC.
1962: Mariner II sent back the first close-up pictures of the planet Venus.
2012: Twenty-seven people, including 18 children, were killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, US.
2014: Actor Peter O’Toole, above, died. He received eight Oscar nominations for films including Lawrence Of Arabia, without ever winning.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Plans were announced to install a 40ft helter skelte inside a UK cathedral to encourage people to have “conversations about faith”.