The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
On this day
1757: George Vancouver, the explorer after whom Vancouver Island and Vancouver are named, was born.
1814: MCC beat Hertfordshire in the first major cricket match played on the present Lord’s cricket ground in St John’s Wood.
1896: Marconi patented his invention of the “wireless”.
1937: Joe Louis, above, won the world heavyweight boxing title by knocking out James J Braddock in Chicago. He successfully defended the crown 25
Richard II inherited the English throne, aged times before announcing
1940: France capitulated and accepted the armistice terms of Germany.
1941: The German Army invaded Russia.
1969: Singer Judy Garland was found dead in her flat in London, aged 47.
1987: Fred Astaire, above, American actor and dancer, died aged 88.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: People were surprised when a prankster dressed a sculpture of a man in the Water of Leith in Edinburgh, created by the artist Antony Gormley, in a pair of pants. his retirement on March