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ON THIS DAY.

959: Edgar, first King of All England, was crowned on Whit Sunday by Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the Saxon abbey on the site of the present Bath Abbey.

1899: Johann Strauss the Younger, Austrian composer, violinist and conductor who wrote The Blue Danube waltz, died.

1899: England cricket captain WG Grace played his final Test match, aged 50, against Australia at Trent Bridge.

1931: The Baird Company televised the Epsom Derby, which was transmitted by the BBC.

1937: The Duke of Windsor, the abdicated King Edward VIII, married Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson in France. 1946: The first bikini bathing suit was unveiled in Paris, invented by Louis Reard, a former motor engineer.

1956: Third class rail travel was abolished in Britain and renamed second class. 1965: The Gemini 4 spaceship was launched, with James McDivitt and Edward White on board. During the flight, White became the first American to walk in space.

1971: The longest running comedy in theatre history, No Sex Please We're British, opened in London, with Michael Crawford in the cast. It closed on September 5, 1987. 1978: The Guinness Book of Records went into the Guinness Book of Records - as the most stolen book from British libraries. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A seven-year-old boy abandoned in a forest in Japan by his parents was found safe.

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