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1876: The first recognisab­le words were transmitte­d by telephone over 100ft of wire. Speaking to his assistant, inventor Alexander Graham Bell said: “Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you.”

1886: The first Crufts Dog Show to be held in London was organised by Charles Cruft, general manager of a dog biscuit


1906: The Bakerloo Line on the London Undergroun­d was opened.

1910: The first film made in Hollywood was released: DW Griffith’s In Old California.

1914: The Rokeby Venus by Diego Velasquez, in London’s National Gallery, was damaged by suffragett­es.

1969: James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to murdering American civil rights leader Martin Luther King and was sentenced to 99 years in jail.

1988: The Prince of Wales narrowly escaped death in an avalanche at Klosters in the Swiss Alps. His friend, Hugh Lindsay, was killed.

1990: Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft was sentenced to death by an Iraqi military court for espionage. Daphne Parish, a British nurse accused of helping him, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

1994: Fred West was charged with the murder of eight women after they were dug up in the garden of his Gloucester home.

On this day last year: Little Amal – an 11ft 6in partly animatroni­c refugee puppet – laid flowers outside the Ukrainian embassy in London in a show of support.


Chuck Norris, actor, 83; Garth Crooks, broadcaste­r and former footballer, 65; Sharon Stone, actor, 65; Neneh Cherry, singer, 59; Edward, Earl of Wessex, 59; Edie Brickell, singer, 57; Chris Sutton, broadcaste­r and former footballer, 50; Colin Murray, radio and television presenter, 46; Rafe Spall, actor, 40; Olivia Wilde, actor, 39.

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(AFP/Getty) Refugee puppet Little Am al at the Ukrainian embassy in London last year
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