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814: Death of Charlemagn­e, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor.

1547: Henry VIII died at Richmond, in a room reeking of the stench from his leg ulcers.

1807: London’s Pall Mall was the first street in any city in the world to be lit by gaslight.

1829: Body-snatcher William Burke was hanged in front of a huge crowd.

1908: The London Playhouse Theatre opened.

1932: The Japanese occupied Shanghai, start of a full-scale invasion of China. 1935: Iceland became the first country to legalise abortion.

1953: Derek Bentley, 19, was hanged at Wandsworth Prison, despite public protests. Bentley and Christophe­r Craig, 16, had been found guilty of murdering a policeman, but Craig escaped the gallows because of his age.

1986: US space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after take-off, killing seven astronauts.

1993: The IRA bombed Harrods for the third time in 20 years. Four people were injured.

2014: The routes of high-speed rail links to cities in the north of England were unveiled, in a move Prime Minister David Cameron said would boost Britain’s stagnant economy.

 ?? MPI/Getty Images ?? The space shuttle Challenger (STS-51L) takes off from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. 73 seconds later the shuttle exploded, killing its seven crew members
MPI/Getty Images The space shuttle Challenger (STS-51L) takes off from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. 73 seconds later the shuttle exploded, killing its seven crew members

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