ON THIS DAY

Evening Times - - THE WORLD TODAY -

1863: The Lon­don Un­der­ground rail­way was opened by Wil­liam Glad­stone. The Metropoli­tan Rail­way went from Padding­ton to Far­ring­don Street, stop­ping at seven sta­tions.

1880: Grock the cir­cus clown was born as Adrien Wet­tach in Switzer­land.

1890: Cleopa­tra’s tomb was dis­cov­ered.

1901: The first oil strike – in Texas.

1920: The League of Na­tions held its first meet­ing at Geneva. It was dis­solved in 1946 and re­placed by the United Na­tions.

1935: The so-called King and Queen of Hol­ly­wood, Dou­glas Fair­banks and Mary Pick­ford, were di­vorced.

1971: Coco Chanel, French fash­ion de­signer and one of the most in­flu­en­tial cou­turi­ers of the 20th cen­tury, died aged 87.

1985: Eight peo­ple were killed in a gas blast in Put­ney, south-west Lon­don.

2007: David Beck­ham, above, agreed to sign a five-year deal with US side Los An­ge­les Galaxy worth £128mil­lion.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR:

A bridal bou­tique was com­mended for dis­play­ing one of its wed­ding dresses on a man­nequin in a wheel­chair in its shop win­dow.

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