ON THIS DAY

Evening Times - - THE WORLD TODAY -

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”.

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