ON THIS DAY; Born today.
1825: Thomas Bowdler, who took out the "naughty bits" in Shakespeare's work, died. He gave the word "bowdlerise" to the language. 1887: The first two cities to be linked by telephone were Paris and Brussels.
1920: American-born Nancy Astor became the first woman to speak in the House of Commons following her election as an MP two months earlier. 1923: The Flying Scotsman locomotive began hauling scheduled services between London and Scotland. 1932: Malcolm Campbell in Bluebird beat his own land speed record at Daytona Beach by reaching 253.96mph.
Sir Malcolm Campbell