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1695: Henry Purcell, English composer, died of tuberculosis, aged 36. It is said that a friend asked him if he had made his peace with God, and he replied: "We've never quarrelled."

1783: Man's first free-flight was made by Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes in the Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon. They flew above Paris and, after 25 minutes, landed a few miles south.

1787: Sir Samuel Cunard, what became the Cunard Line.

1843: Thomas Hancock patented vulcanised rubber.

1918: The German battle fleet surrendered to the Allies at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.

1934: Cole Porter's Anything Goes opened in New York and made a star of Ethel Merman.

1936: The first television gardening programme was broadcast by the BBC - In Your Garden with Mr Middleton.

1953: The discovery of The Piltdown Man skull by Charles Dawson in Sussex in 1912 was finally revealed as a hoax. 1974: IRA bombs in two Birmingham public houses killed 19 people and left a further 180 injured.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The former chief executive of JJB Sports was convicted of accepting more than PS1 million in backhanders from suppliers.

BIRTHDAYS: Dr John (Mac Rebennack), R&B musician, 75; Juliet Mills, actress, 74; Goldie Hawn, actress, 70; Lorna Luft, actress, 63; Bjork, singer, 50; Andrew Caddick, former cricketer, 47; Alex James, musician (Blur) and writer, 47; Justin Langer, former cricketer, 45; Carly Rae Jepsen, singer, 30.


<BBirthdays: Goldie Hawn, 70, Bjork, 50

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Date:Nov 21, 2015
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