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1567: Mary Queen of Scots abdicated after defeat by the Protestants at Carberry Hill. 1704: Admiral Sir George Rooke captured Gibraltar from the Spanish.

1802: Alexandre Dumas, French creator of The Three Musketeers, was born near Soissons. 1824: The first public opinion poll was conducted in Wilmington, Delaware, on voting intentions in the forthcoming US presidential election.

1883: Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel in 1875, was drowned attempting to swim the rapids below Niagara Falls.

1908: Some 56 runners began the London Marathon from the east lawn of Windsor Castle. An extra 385 yards was added to the 26-mile course so that they finished in front of the Royal Box at White City Stadium.

1925: Six-year-old Patricia Cheeseman was the first person successfully treated with insulin, at Guy's Hospital in London. 1935: Greetings telegrams were introduced by the GPO. If they were in a gold envelope they cost an extra threepence. 1980: Peter Sellers died in hospital, two days after suffering a heart attack attending a reunion lunch with fellow Goons Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe.
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Date:Jul 24, 2009
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