ON THIS DAY.
| 43 BC: Cicero (Marcus Tullius), the great Roman |orator, was executed for a series of attacks on Mark Antony.
1732: The original Covent Garden Opera |House opened with Way Of The World, by William Congreve.
1783: William Pitt the Younger became the |youngest of Britain's prime ministers - he was 24.
1815: Marshal Ney, Napoleon's most famous |general, was executed for supporting Napoleon at Waterloo when he was ordered by the Allies to arrest him.
1817: Captain Bligh, captain of mutiny ship The |Bounty, died in London.
1941: The Japanese attacked the US fleet in |Pearl Harbour in Hawaii.
1982: Charles Brooks Jnr, a prisoner at Fort |Worth, was executed by a lethal injection, the first to die by this method in the US.
1988: Peter Langan, restaurateur, co-owner with |Michael Caine of the famous London brasserie Langan's, died in a fire at his home.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Thousands of British |travellers faced disruption as a technical computer glitch wreaked havoc with flights across Europe.