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1883: Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel in 1875, was drowned attempting to swim the rapids below Niagara Falls.

1908: Some 56 runners began the London Marathon from the east lawn of Windsor Castle. An extra 385 yards was added to the 26-mile course so that they finished in front of the Royal Box at White City Stadium.

1980: Peter Sellers died in hospital, two days after suffering a heart attack attending a reunion lunch with fellow Goons Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 24, 2008
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