On this day
1875: Dr Albert Schweitzer, missionary surgeon, organist and Nobel Prize winner (1952), was born in Alsace.
1878: Queen Victoria was given a demonstration of Alexander Graham Bell’s new invention, the telephone.
1898: Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, died.
1900: Puccini’s opera Tosca was premiered in Rome, despite a bomb scare by the composer’s envious contemporaries.
1904: Photographer and stage designer Sir Cecil Beaton was born in London.
1953: Marshal Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia.