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HAPPENED ON THIS DAY 1686: Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, the German physicist who invented the mercury thermometer, was born.

1809: Dartmoor Prison was opened to house French prisoners of war. From 1850 it was used for convicts. 1819: Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace. 1862: London's Westminster Bridge opened.

1895: The first stage knighthood was conferred, on Sir Henry Irving.

1916: Conscription began in Britain.

1941: The German battleship Bismarck sank HMS Hood off Greenland with the loss of more than 1,400 lives.

1969: The Black And White Minstrel Show, at London's Victoria Palace, closed after 4,354 performances in seven years.

1974: Jazz musician, bandleader and composer Edward "Duke" Ellington died.

1978: Princess Margaret's 18-year marriage to Lord Snowdon was ended by a special procedure divorce. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The Queen dispensed with her regal robes while attending a national service celebrating the Order of the British Empire.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 24, 2018
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