ON THIS DAY
1642: Montreal in Canada was founded.
1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France. 1830: Edwin Budding of Gloucestershire signed an agreement for the manufacture of his invention, the lawn mower. 1882: The present Eddystone Lighthouse, the fourth in existence, was opened.
1909: Fred Perry, three times Wimbledon men’s singles champion, was born.
1954: The European Convention on Human Rights came into force. 1961: The first London production of The Sound Of Music opened. 1980: Mount St Helens volcano in the American state of Washington erupted, killing 100 people. A cloud of ash 2,500 miles long and 1,000 miles wide was created.
1990: A treaty was signed in Bonn introducing economic and monetary union between East and West Germany.
2017: Experts revealed that wounds found on three great white shark carcasses washed up on South African beaches indicated the ocean predator was hunted by killer whales. BIRTHDAYS
Miriam Margolyes, actress, 77; Nobby Stiles, pictured, former footballer, 76; Rick Wakeman, rock musician, 69; Chow Yun-fat, actor, 63; Toyah Willcox, singer/actress, 60; Holly Aird, actress, 49; Martika, singer and actress, 49; Tina Fey, actress/comedian/writer, 48; Danny Mills, former footballer, 41.
QUOTES OF THE DAY
“Liam Fox must be joking if he thinks investing in a caravan park in Anglesey and a shopping centre in Wakefield will make up for leaving the single market” – Labour MP David Lammy takes a swipe at the International Trade Secretary’s project to attract foreign investment in Britain.
“Through the progress of this Bill, noble lords collectively have taken leave of their senses and have put the future of the House of Lords at stake” – Former Tory defence minister Lord Hamilton of Epsom on Government Brexit Bill defeats.
“It’s an industry that’s very much driven by youth and beauty. Ageism is alive and well in Hollywood” – Actress Jane Fonda, 80.