ON THIS DAY.
1878: Cleopatra's Needle, an ancient Egyptian obelisk, 68ft of granite, was presented to Britain and erected on the Thames Embankment.
1888: Maurice Chevalier, legendary French entertainer and actor, was born in Paris. 1910: The first policewoman in the United States Alice Stebbin Wells joined the Los Angeles Police Force.
1935: US multimil-lionaire Howard Hughes achieved the first of several aviation records he established before going into selfenforced seclusion, flying a plane of his own design at 352.46mph. 1953: Senator John Kennedy - later to be president - married Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. 1970: Concorde landed at Heathrow Airport for the first time to a barrage of complaints about noise. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Two protesters died and four were injured as Afghans protested for a third day against a plan by an American pastor to burn copies of the Islamic holy book, despite his decision to call off the action.