ON THIS DAY IN ...
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.
TODAY IS... APRIL FOOL'S DAY