On this day
1751: Playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan (The Rivals, The School For Scandal) was born in Dublin. 1925: In his workshop in London, John Logie Baird achieved the first television pictures using a dummy’s head.
1938: Orson Welles’s radio adaptation of HG Wells’s War Of The Worlds caused panic in the US by convincing many listeners that Martians had really landed. 1990: Crews at work on the Channel Tunnel finally met for the first time when French workers drilled a pilot hole through to the British side of a service tunnel.
1991: The Queen opened the Queen Elizabeth Bridge over the Thames at Dartford.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: US space agency Nasa said its Parker Solar Probe was closer to the sun than any spacecraft had ever been.
“I just remember the last moment I had with her. I even told her, ‘Your life is going to be very different, but in those tough times just remember you have a lot of people who care about you”’ - Wendell Pierce, left, who played the on-screen father of the Duchess of Sussex in hit drama Suits, speaks on Good Morning Britain.
“Brexit has broken our politics and it is my firm belief that only a confirmatory public vote will bring an end to this sorry chapter and bring healing and light at the end of the tunnel” - Liberal Democrat MP Heidi Allen announces she will not stand in the next general election.
“It has been a gruelling but humbling six months, and I hope to have proven that anything is possible with some determination, self-belief and positivity”
- Nirmal Purja, known as Nims, claims the record for the fastest scaling of the 14 highest mountains on Earth.
“I thought my granny would like it and fall asleep, and so when people liked it... it was quite a surprise for us. So it’ll be really nice to watch it again in a context when I can just enjoy it” - Vanessa Kirby, above, says she is looking forward to watching The Crown as a fan.
Channel Tunnel workers drilled the pilot hole more than a month before the official ‘breakthrough’ in 1990