Leicester Mercury

On this DAY

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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.

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