On this day

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - AGENDA -

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

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