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ON THIS DAY January 17.

1773 Captain Cook's Resolution became the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.

1827 The Duke of Wellington was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the British Army.

1863 David Lloyd George, British statesman, born.

1871 The first cable car was patented.

1874 Chang and Eng Bunker, Siamese twins who never separated and fathered 21 children between them, died.

1899 Al Capone, infamous gangster, born in Naples, Italy.

1985 British Telecom announced the retirement of its traditional red phone boxes.

2001 A ban on fox hunting with hounds in England and Wales was passed through the House of Commons.

2001 It emerged that a woman had to give birth in a freezing hospital car park after Warwick Hospital had accidentally locked her out of the maternity unit.

2002 Peter Adamson, Romeo of Coronation Street, married to Rita in the programme, but indulged in an affair with Elsie Tanner, died on this day.


David Lloyd George was born on this day
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Date:Jan 17, 2008
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