On this day
1649: Titus Oates, English Anglican priest and fabricator of the “Popish Plot” in 1678, was born.
1830: At the official opening of the LiverpoolManchester Railway, Britain’s first rail fatality occurred when MP William Huskisson stepped from a train and was run over.
1859: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, probably Britain’s greatest engineer, died. His designs included the Clifton suspension bridge and three of the largest ships in the world at the time.
1871: The Army and Navy Co-operative began the first mail order business in Britain and overseas.
1890: Agatha Christie, creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, and writer of detective stories which sold more than 300 million copies, was born.
1916: Tanks went into battle for the first time for the British Army, at the Somme. Designed by Sir Ernest Swinton, they revolutionised battle strategy.
At a Nuremberg rally, Adolf Hitler decreed the swastika 1935: 1974: as the official German flag.
Civil war broke out in Lebanon between Christians and Muslims.
1985: Tony Jacklin’s European team won the Ryder Cup from the US who had long dominated the competition.
2008: Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe and opposition leaders signed a landmark deal under which the leader would cede some power.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The elusive snow leopard - long considered endangered - was upgraded to “vulnerable”, though conservationists warned the new classification does not mean they are safe.
Adolf Hitler meets supporters in 1935
Happy birthday Agatha Christie