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1873: Sergei Rachmaninov, last of the great Russian Romantic composers, was born in Oneg. He left his homeland shortly after the Russian Revolution, eventually settling in the USA.

TODAY APRIL 1875: Edgar Wallace, thriller writer and journalist, was born in London. In his career he wrote more than 170 books, along with plays and hundreds of short stories.

1918: The Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps merged to become the Royal Air Force.

1924: The first gramophone to change records automatically went on sale.

1965: Greater London came into being, comprising the City of London plus 32 metropolitan boroughs. 1973: Value Added Tax was introduced in Britain at the rate of 10%, replacing purchase (sales) tax.

1974: Re-organisation of local government in England and Wales saw (often bitterly contested) changes and abolition of many historic county names and boundaries. 1990: The longest prison riot in British history began at Strangeways, Manchester, and lasted until April 25.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Apr 1, 2011
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