On this day
Thomas Hearns, left, lands a punch on Juan Domingo Roldan during the fight at Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, 1987 1618: Sir Walter Raleigh, English seafarer, once a favourite of Elizabeth I, was beheaded at Whitehall, falsely accused of treason.
1740: James Boswell, Scottish diarist and biographer of Samuel Johnson, was born. He accompanied Johnson on a tour before producing his Life Of Samuel Johnson in 1791.
1787: Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni was first performed in Prague.
1929: “Black Tuesday” – so-called when Wall Street crashed, leading to the Great Depression. 1956: Israel invaded the Sinai Peninsula and troops pushed on towards the Suez Canal.
1986: The final section of the M25 around London was opened.
1987: Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns won the world middleweight title, making him the first boxer to win a world title at four different weights.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Global health leaders warned that more than nine in 10 children around the world were living in areas of toxic air pollution.
“Relieved that finally no one died in a ditch. Whether the UK’s democratic choice is revoke or an orderly withdraw, confirmed or not in a second referendum, the uncertainty of Brexit has gone on for far too long. This extra time must deliver a way forward” - European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt, left, on the new Brexit extension until January 31.
“The whole nation, and indeed the world had been shocked by this tragedy and the cruelty of the fate that has been suffered by innocent people, who were hoping for a better life in this country” - Prime Minister Boris Johnson writes in a book of condolence to pay his respects to the 39 migrants found dead in a lorry in Essex.
“Imagine a car where the gearbox (my eyes) isn’t connected properly to the engine (brain). Sometimes words are just shapes... I can see the shape but it simply has no meaning,” - Labour MP Peter Kyle shares what life is like living with acute dyslexia.
“This is the day of the woman. We knew that only by uniting could we win. We did that. We united, we won and we made history!” - Claudia Lopez, above, celebrates becoming the first lesbian mayor of Bogota, capital city of Colombia.