ON THIS DAY
65 BC:Venusian Horace, Roman poet, was born in Apulia. 1542:
Mary, Queen of Scots, was born at Linlithgow Palace. 1733:
A Dorset man reported seeing a polished silver disc in the sky - the first known sighting of an Unidentified Flying Object, or UFO. 1854:
Pope Pius IX settled an ancient controversy by declaring that Christ’s mother, the Virgin Mary, was preserved from all sin from the moment she was conceived. 1859:
Thomas de Quincey, essayist and opium addict, died in Scotland. 1864:
The Clifton Suspension Bridge over the River Avon at Bristol, designed by Brunel, was opened.
1894: James Thurber, American humorist and creator of Walter Mitty, was born in Columbus, Ohio. 1941:
Britain and the United States declared war on Japan. 1980:
John Lennon was shot dead in New York by Mark David Chapman.
1991: Leaders of the three republics Russia, Belorussia and Ukraine formed a “commonwealth of independent states” and pronounced the Soviet Union dead.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge