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1135: Henry I died “of a sur­feit of lam­preys”.

1581: Je­suit mar­tyr Ed­mund Cam­pion was hanged at Ty­burn.

1640: The Por­tuguese drove out the Span­ish to re­claim their in­de­pen­dence.

1761: Madame Marie Tus­saud, wax-works mod­eller, was born in Stras­bourg.

1887: The 28th Bee­ton’s Christ­mas An­nual went on sale. It fea­tured A Study In Scar­let by A Co­nan Doyle, which in­tro­duced the de­tec­tive Sher­lock Holmes.

1906: The Cin­ema Om­nia Pathe, the world’s first pur­pose-built picture palace, opened in Paris.

1959: Twelve coun­tries signed an agree­ment to pre­serve Antarc­tica for peace­ful sci­en­tific re­search.

1989: Pope John Paul II and Mikhail Gor­bachev met in Rome to end 70 years of hos­til­ity be­tween USSR and the Vat­i­can.

1990: The two halves of the Chan­nel Tun­nel were joined.

2009: In­ter­na­tional agree­ment The Treaty of Lis­bon, also known as the Re­form Treaty, came into force.

The two halves of the Chan­nel Tun­nel met in 1990

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