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1732: Sir Richard Arkwright, English inventor of the "spinning frame", was born.

1834: Hansom cabs were patented by Joseph Hansom. He also designed Birmingham Town Hall and Plymouth Roman Catholic Cathedral. 1888: Vincent Van Gogh, suffering severe depression which historians claim was increased by his companion Gauguin's decision to leave their lodgings at Arles to escape winter, cut off his ear. 1905: The Aldwych Theatre in London opened. 1953: In the USSR, Lavrenty Beria and six others were executed for treason.

1972: Managua, capital of Nicaragua, was destroyed by an earthquake which killed many thousands of people.

1981: Geoffrey Boycott took his score to 86 not out against India at Delhi to become the (then) most prolific run-scoring batsman in Test history. 1986: The US plane Voyager completed the first non-stop flight round the world without refuelling.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A hospital trust announced it would apologise to the families of 38 people who suffered what human rights lawyers called "appalling" failures of care, following successful legal action. BIRTHDAYS: Helmut Schmidt, former West German chancellor, 95; HM Akihito, Emperor of Japan, 80; Queen Silvia of Sweden, 70; Belinda Lang, actress, 60; Carol Smillie, pictured, TV personality, 52; Eddie Vedder, rock singer (Pearl Jam), 49; Matt Baker, TV presenter, 36; Harry Judd, drummer (McFly), 28.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 23, 2013
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