ON THIS DAY

Evening Times - - TIMES OUT: GLASGOWIST -

1716: Thomas Gray, poet best known for his El­egy Writ­ten In A Coun­try Church­yard, was born in Lon­don.

1893: Mao Tse-Tung (or Ze­dong), Chi­nese Com­mu­nist leader, above, was born in the Hu­nan prov­ince.

1898: Marie and Pierre Curie dis­cov­ered ra­dium.

1906: The world’s first fea­ture film, The Story Of The Kelly Gang, was screened in Mel­bourne.

1908: Jack John­son be­came the first African-American boxer to win the world heavy­weight ti­tle, knock­ing out Tommy Burns in Round 14 in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia.

1943: The Ger­man bat­tle­ship Scharn­horst was sunk by the Royal Navy.

1974: American co­me­dian Jack Benny died.

2004: A gi­ant 9.1-mag­ni­tude quake and tsunami killed 230,000 peo­ple in about a dozen na­tions across south­ern Asia.

2006: For­mer US pres­i­dent Ger­ald Ford, who re­placed Richard Nixon in 1974, died at his home in Cal­i­for­nia, aged 93.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Dog own­ers were warned to keep their pets away from food com­post bins due to the dan­ger of po­ten­tially fa­tal tox­ins.

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