On this DAY
1792: The Mint of the United States was established, striking its first silver dollars.
1801: Nelson put a telescope to his blind eye at the Battle of Copenhagen and thus ignored the command to cease fighting. He continued the action until the pro-French Danish fleet was totally subdued.
1805: Hans Christian Andersen, master of the fairy tale, was born in Odense, Denmark.
1877: The first human cannonball act was performed at London’s Amphitheatre, when acrobatic Lady Zazal was shot by elastic springs into a safety net.
1947: The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst was formed.
1954: Britain’s first TV soap opera, The Grove Family (named after Lime Grove Studios), was transmitted.
1977: Charlotte Brew on Barony Fort became the first woman to ride in a Grand National. Her mount refused at the 27th fence. The winner was Red Rum, achieving his third victory, the only horse ever to do so.
1982: Argentinian forces invaded and occupied the British Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.
2020: The number of suspected modern slavery victims in the UK had hit a record of more than 10,000 – up 52 per cent in a year, shocking figures revealed.