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1431: Joan of Arc, French peasant girl who became a national heroine, was burned at the stake in Rouen for heresy. She was canonised in 1920 on the anniversary of her death.

1536: King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour, the third of his six wives, in the Queen's Chapel, Whitehall, 11 days after the execution of Anne Boleyn.

1842: An attempt was made on the life of Queen Victoria as she drove down Constitution Hill with Prince Albert. The would-be assassin was John Francis. 1946: Labour minister of food John Strachey announced that bread would be rationed, with the greatest allowance going to manual workers in heavy industry.

1959: The first full-sized experimental hovercraft, built by Saunders-Roe, was launched at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. 1989: Cliff Richard, inset above, released his 100th pop single.

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