IT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY...
1568: The death sentence was passed on an entire country when the Netherlands was condemned for heresy by the Spanish Inquisition - the Dutch had just begun what would be a bitter decadeslong battle to secure independence from Spain.
e h 1754: Richard Mead, English doctor and physician to George II, who promoted inoculation for smallpox, died.
er e b i 1822: Francis Galton, founder of a new science called "eugenics", was born in Birmingham. Among his ideas was the systematic creation of a superior race of human beings, later tried by Hitler.
1940: HMS Cossack rescued more than 300 German naval auxiliary ship Altmark in Norwegian waters.
th Plymou Ports opp Mi De dal 1959: Fidel Castro became prime minister of Cuba after overthrowing the regime of Fulgencio Batista. 1990: Royal Navy wives marched through Plymouth and Portsmouth to oppose a Ministry of Defence decision to allow Wrens to go to sea. BIRTHDAYS: Ian Lavender, actor, pictured, 72; Peter Hain, politician, 68; LeVar Burton, actor, 61; Ice-T, rapper and actor, 60; John McEnroe, former tennis player, 59; Andy Taylor, rock musician (Duran Duran), 57; Christopher Eccleston, actor, 54; Amanda Holden, actress, 47; Elizabeth Olsen, actress, 29.
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