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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.


Chris De Burgh is 56
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Date:Oct 15, 2004
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