ON THIS DAY

Evening Times - - THE WORLD TODAY -

1732: Sir Richard Ark­wright, English in­ven­tor of the “spin­ning frame”, was born.

1834: Han­som cabs were pa­tented by Joseph Han­som. He also de­signed Birmingham Town Hall and Ply­mouth Ro­man Catholic Cathe­dral.

1888: Vin­cent Van Gogh, suf­fer­ing se­vere de­pres­sion which his­to­ri­ans claim was in­creased by his com­pan­ion Gau­guin’s de­ci­sion to leave their lodg­ings at Ar­les to es­cape win­ter, cut off his ear.

1905: The Ald­wych The­atre in Lon­don opened.

1953: In the USSR, Lavrenty Be­ria and six oth­ers were ex­e­cuted for trea­son.

1972: Managua, cap­i­tal of Nicaragua, was de­stroyed by an earth­quake which killed many thou­sands of peo­ple.

1981: Ge­of­frey Boycott, above, took his score to 86 not out against In­dia at Delhi to be­come the (then) most pro­lific run-scor­ing bats­man in Test his­tory.

1986: The US plane Voy­ager com­pleted the first non-stop flight round the world with­out re­fu­elling.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR:

A tsunami be­lieved to be trig­gered by a vol­canic erup­tion had killed at least 222 peo­ple in In­done­sia dur­ing a busy hol­i­day week­end, it was re­ported.

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