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On This Day: 1520: King HenryVIII ordered bowling lanes to be built at Whitehall in London. 1581: The first major ballet was staged in Paris, at the request of Catherine de Medici. 1839: Queen Victoria proposed to Prince Albert. Prince Albert was her cousin - the son of her uncle, Duke Ernest of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Victoria always wore a bracelet containing a miniature of Albert painted by Sir William Ross in 1839. 1917: Dutch spy Mata Hari was shot in Paris. She had been found guilty of spying for the Germans. 1954: William Golding's Lord of the Flies was published in Britain. 1964: Screaming Lord Sutch began his political career by standing at a by-election for the Stratford-upon-Avon parliamentary seat, after the departure of Lord Profumo. The late Screaming Lord Sutch is in the Guinness Book of Records for standing at more elections than anyone else. 1980: James Callaghan resigned as Labour Party leader. 1993: Nelson Mandelaand F W de Clerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize. 2001: It was reported that Prince Harry was richer than Prince William. Prince William was reported to have a pounds 22 million fortune, and Harry pounds 25 million. 2001: All post and visitors to Capitol Hill were stopped after a letter sent to a leading senator was found to be contaminated with anthrax.

Birthdays: 1948: Chris De Burgh, 56, Argentinian-born Irish singer, whose hits include Lady in Red and Missing You. 1959: Sarah, Duchess of York, 45, former wife of Prince Andrew and mother to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. 1979: Paul Robinson, 25, footballer for Tottenham and England. 1926: Chuck Berry, 78, Singer and songwriter, whose hits include My Ding-a-Ling and No Particular Place to Go. 1971: Andy Cole, 33 Blackburn Rovers footballer. Andy started his career at Arsenal, but only made one league appearance before his transfer to Bristol City in March 1992.

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