Western Morning News

On this day

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1066: Edward the Confessor, England’s most pious King, died.

1787: John Burke, genealogis­t and founder of Burke’s Peerage, was born in Tipperary, Ireland.

1884: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida was premiered at the Savoy Theatre. 1896: German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen gave the first demonstrat­ion of X-rays.

1919: The Nazi Party was founded by Anton Drexler in Munich.

1941: Amy Johnson, English aviator and first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930, drowned in a mysterious accident over the Thames estuary.

1948: Mrs Dale first opened her radio diary. She was noted for always being “rather worried” about her doctor husband, Jim.

1971: One-day internatio­nal cricket was born when 46,000 spectators watched

England play Australia at Melbourne. The scheduled Test match had been aborted due to rain.

1981: The hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, who killed 13 women over four years, ended when lorry-driver Peter Sutcliffe was charged with murder.

1991: Thirteen people died as 100mph winds battered the British Isles and power cuts crippled the country.

 ??  ?? > The X-ray was first demonstrat­ed on this day in 1896
> The X-ray was first demonstrat­ed on this day in 1896

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