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1669: Henrietta Maria, French wife of Charles I of England, died near Paris. Henrietta Street, London WC2, is named after her.

1771: Scottish explorer Mungo Park was born near Stirling.

1855: The Russian Black Sea base of Sebastopol fell to Anglo-French forces after an 11-month siege. 1891: Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-E, the song which rocked Victorian England in the 1890s, was written by a Canadian ex-bandsman named Henry J Sayers and copyrighte­d in New York. But it was not original - more than 80 years before a tune called Ta-Rada-Boom-Di-E had been published in Austria. Sayers admitted he had borrowed it - he heard it played in a brothel in Missouri.

1897: Marlboroug­h Street Police Court in London fined taxi driver George Smith £1, making him the first person in Britain to be convicted for drink-driving. He drank three glasses of beer and drove his electric taxi on the pavement in Bond Street.

1945: Vidkun Quisling, the “Puppet” Premier of Norway during the Second World War, was sentenced to death for > Birthdays: Carol Decker, left, and Siobhan Fahey

collaborat­ion with the Nazis and was executed on October 24. 1965: Yale University published a map purporting to show that the Vikings discovered America in the 11th century.

1981: Picasso’s anti-war mural Guernica returned to Spain after 40 years custodians­hip in the US. Picasso refused to allow the painting to be shown in Spain until the restoratio­n of democracy. 1988: German tennis player Steffi Graf became only the fifth person to complete the Grand Slam, winning the four top women’s tennis tournament­s in the same

calendar year when she beat Argentinia­n Gabriella Sabatini to win the US Open.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: When it comes to speaking to aliens, men are more enthusiast­ic than women, a survey revealed. BIRTHDAYS: Jose Feliciano, singer/guitarist, 75; Judy Geeson, actress, 72; Joe Perry, rock musician (Aerosmith), 70; Amy Irving, actress, 67; Carol Decker, singer, 63; Siobhan Fahey, singer, 62; Colin Firth, actor, 60; Guy Ritchie, director, 52; Tim Stimpson, rugby union player, 47; Ryan Phillippe, actor, 46.

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