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1809: Franz Joseph Haydn, prolific (104 symphonies) leading Austrian composer, died in Vienna.

1837: Joseph Grimaldi, English clown of stage and circus, died. His stage motto was "Hence, loathed melancholy"and for 14 years before he died, he was so crippled that the landlord of his local tavern had to carry him home every night. 1859: Big Ben, in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, first began recording time. 1889: More than 2,200 people died when the South Fork Dam failed on the Little Conemaugh River, unleashing a wall of water that destroyed the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 1902: The Boer War ended with the Peace of Vereeniging, by which the Boers surrendered on the understanding that they would eventually become self-governing colonies of the British Empire - achieved on the same day in 1910 when the colonies of the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, the Transvaal and the Orange River Colony united to form the Union of South Africa.

1910: Lord Baden-Powell's sister, Agnes, announced the formation of the Girl Guides. 1916: The Battle of Jutland was fought in the North Sea. 1927: The last "Tin Lizzie" car of more than 15 million came off the production line, almost unchanged since it was introduced as the model T Ford in 1908. 1930: Don Bradman became the first Australian to score 1,000 runs in England by the end of May.

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:May 31, 2016
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