Western Daily Press - - On This Day -

1875: Dr Albert Sch­weitzer, mis­sion­ary sur­geon, or­gan­ist and No­bel Prize win­ner (1952), was born in Al­sace.

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 a Sir Ce­cil Beaton was born in Lon­don.

1953: Mar­shal Tito was elected pres­i­dent of Yu­goslavia.

1957: Ac­tor Humphrey Bog­art died. His wife Lau- ren Ba­call placed a gold whis­tle in his cof­fin with the in­scrip­tion: “If you need any­thing, just whis­tle”– a line from their first film to­gether, To Have And Have Not.

1989: Bri­tish Mus­lims held pub­lic burn­ings of Sal­man Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses.

1997: The trial be­gan of foot­ballers John Fashanu, Bruce Grobbe­laar and Hans Segers for al­legedly be­ing bribed by a Far East­ern gam­bling ring to throw matches. All three were later ac­quit­ted.

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