1678 Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, composer and violinist known for The Four Seasons (1725), was born in Venice. 1789 The first Congress of the US was held in New York. 1824 The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was founded. 1890 The Forth Bridge was officially opened by the Prince of Wales. 1941 British forces, assisted by local Norwegians, raided the German-occupied Lofoten Islands, destroying 11 ships. 1967 North Sea gas was first piped ashore near Durham. 1969 At the Old Bailey, gangland twins Ronald and Reginald Kray were found guilty of murder and given life sentences. 1974 After the General Election, Edward Heath failed to persuade the Liberals to join a coalition and resigned. Harold Wilson became Prime Minister. 2007 Two British soldiers were killed in a rocket attack in southern Afghanistan.