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1440: Eton College was founded by Henry VI for 25 poor and needy scholars. Prefects were warned to look out for "ill-kempt heads, unwashed faces, foul clothes". 1818: Richard Gatling, American inventor of the Gatling gun, was born in North Carolina.

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.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 12, 2011
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