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64AD: The great Fire of Rome took place during the reign of Nero. He supposedly played the lyre and was 50 miles away in Antium when he heard the news.

1817: Author Jane Austen died at the age of 41. Doctors were unable to diagnose her illness but medical authorities now believe she died from Addison's Disease.

1848: WG Grace, famous English cricketer, was born in Downend, near Bristol. In his 37-year playing career, he hit nearly 51,000 runs and took more than 2,800 wickets.

1870: The Dogma of Papal Infallibility in matters of faith and morals was proclaimed by the Vatican Council.

1936: The Spanish Civil War began when the army, led by General Franco, revolted against the Republican government.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2008
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