Evening Times - - TIMES PAST -

1653: Oliver Cromwell made him­self Lord Pro­tec­tor, be­com­ing an un­crowned king for the next four years.

1773: The Bos­ton Tea Party, in which Sa­muel Adams and 150 ‘Sons of Lib­erty’ protested against Bri­tish taxes on tea and other goods, took place.

1775: Novelist Jane Austen, whose works in­clude Emma and Pride And Prej­u­dice, was born in Steven­ton, Hampshire.

1850: The first im­mi­grant ship, the Charlotte Jane, ar­rived at Lyt­tel­ton, New Zealand.

1899: Noel Cow­ard, above, play­wright, com­poser, lyri­cist, ac­tor, pro­ducer and di­rec­tor, was born in Mid­dle­sex.

1929: The first all-talk­ing fea­ture film was made in Bri­tain. Called The Clue Of The New Pin, it fea­tured a young John Giel­gud as the vil­lain.

1937: The first per­for­mance took place in London of Noel Gay’s Me And My Girl, which in­tro­duced The Lam­beth Walk.

2010: Rare first edi­tions of Ian Flem­ing’s James Bond spy book sold for al­most £30,000 when they went un­der the ham­mer. The book that in­tro­duced 007, Casino Royale, sold for £19,000.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Rob­bie Wil­liams was un­veiled as a new global am­bas­sador for WW, for­merly known as Weight Watch­ers.

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